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Saint Jude's Privacy Policy

Many facilities claim that their guests have 100% confidentiality and privacy. However, this is not true. Any 12-step based, therapeutic based, psychiatrically based, or medically based program must, by law, keep records of your stay at their facility. This is because these facilities run on government funding and/or third party reimbursements. Even when a patient chooses to pay out of pocket at one of these facilities, a record is kept in the same databases as those who are paid by third party reimbursements or a government social services grant. In other words, no conventional rehabilitation program is truly confidential and/or subpoena proof.

At the St. Jude Executive Retreat there are no medical records kept because we are an educational facility/program, not a medical/therapeutic model. The Saint Jude Program does not attempt to tell you how to live, as is the case with conventional confrontational based programs. Rather, we instruct people on methods of self discovery and future goal setting. We educate the guest, and the guest is then given the freedom to make their own choices.

Our facilities are regulated by the NYS Health Department, and the NYS Attorney General's Charities Bureau (all our facilities are divisions of Baldwin Research Institute, Inc., a NYS not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, putting our retreat house financials under the auspices of the Charities Bureau). Our instructors are all NYS certified teachers or NYS certified teacher's aides and are regulated by the NYS Department of Education. None of these regulatory agencies require guest information, and therefore no guest information is kept. Should a guest's stay be paid for by a personal credit card, the guest's credit card information is kept for a period no longer than is needed for the transaction to process. The credit card information is then deleted from our accounting system.

Research Confidentiality

Should a guest decide to become part of the retreat house success rate surveys conducted by the Clearwater Research Company's Annual Guest Post Program Survey (a completely independent research firm), their partial contact information is kept for research purposes only in a separate secured database. A first name is held in the database, and is assigned an identity number, thereby assuring confidentiality. Over 99% of our guests during the last 17 years have participated in the surveys with no security breach.

The Saint Jude Program does not provide any medical services. Should a guest want or need detoxification services, they should consult their own doctor and go to the local hospital. Guests who may want or need psychiatric help can get the help they want (or need) by requesting an appointment with any one of several credentialed psychiatrists, locally. If a guest wants or needs medical attention, they are provided with whatever help they may require. Arrangements and transportation to the appropriate facility and/or specialist are provided. This enables the guest to receive the proper care, while maintaining total confidentiality and privacy while attending Saint Jude Retreats.

High Profile Guests

All of the Saint Jude Retreats are in small villages or isolated rural or mountain settings. Because Saint Jude Retreats have a small occupancy per facility, they go relatively unnoticed by the public. The largest facility has only 24 guests at a time and the Saint Jude Executive Retreat, specifically, has occupancy for 5 guests. These numbers are in stark contrast to the average American rehabilitation center where 85 patients is the average occupancy. Individualized instruction, personalized amenities and the highest success rate are compelling reasons why people from all walks of life choose the Saint Jude Program at Saint Jude Retreats. The Saint Jude Executive Retreat is located in an isolated area to fit the requirements for its high profile guests. We also made it affordable enough for those who may not be high profile, but who want an out-of-the-way comfortable setting in which to learn how to become a happier more productive individual. The Saint Jude Executive Retreat sits on a beautiful countryside which makes it possible for even the most fearful, the most stressed and the highest profile guests to feel the peace that only nature can provide. The Saint Jude Program offers the highest independently verified success rate, total confidentiality, individualized instructions, tiered amenities and tiered pricing, and 24 hour per day staffing in a safe environment are just some of the reasons that people have gravitated to Saint Jude Retreats over conventional rehab centers. Each facility, regardless of amenities, has one main feature in common; every Saint Jude Retreat offers each guest the absolute best educational substance abuse program in the country, the Saint Jude Program.

At the Saint Jude Executive Retreat there may be a young man searching for answers to his adolescent problems, a fifty year old corporate woman looking for more satisfaction in her life, or a famous high profile person desperate to reconnect to a grounded normalcy and an inner peace. The Saint Jude Executive Retreat gives higher profile folks an opportunity to "get away" and still receive the most successful program ever for solving substance abuse problems. Our privacy policy is just another way that the Saint Jude Retreats have addressed the age old problem of high profile people finding the peace they need so desperately without the public or press bothering them.

Executive Relaxing Atmosphere

In addition to our now famous social/educational method, the entire retreat house atmosphere is that of a warm country home, not a cold institution medical facility. Everyone learns best when they are comfortable. And, every attempt has been made to make Saint Jude Retreats as informal and easy going as possible. Just take a look at the pictures of our executive retreat house. It is obvious that this is the type of facility where learning how to build a stress free life, free of substance abuse and any other unwanted behavior, can and is accomplished.