10,000 Beds founder, Jean Krisle states, “In 2016, we awarded $1,000,000 in addiction treatment scholarships. In 2017, we awarded more than $2,500,000 in scholarships. And our goal for 2018 is $5,000,000!”
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Estes as a Board Member and we welcome her with open arms. I value her experience and insight. I can hardly wait!” Krisle exclaimed.
Explaining the need for an increase in scholarship programs such as the 10,000 Beds program, Estes noted, “Jean’s mission is totally in sync with mine, I share her vision and have been a great support for some time. Get those who need help…help. Anyone, anywhere can get caught in addiction and often faces a tough battle, especially if they lack money and other resources.”
The 10,000 Beds mission from the start has been recovery.
Their website states, “We envision a world where individuals in recovery from a substance use disorder are not sidelined because of their past, but welcomed, embraced and included as valuable, lovable people with limitless futures.”
Nearly 150 people are succumbing to overdose every day in the United States right now. Currently, the United States Congress is attempting to help with the passage of several new bills aimed at curbing the epidemic, but the impact continues to reach further. Kentucky has recently sued Walmart, claiming they played a part in the crisis.
The “epidemic” is real and the 10,000 Beds unique model of partnering with treatment programs directly for the donation of scholarship beds is recognized as innovative and effective, and applauded throughout the behavioral health industry and beyond.
The idea for 10,000 Beds was conceived in the fall of 2014. As the mother of a son in active addiction (now in long-term recovery), Jean learned as much as she could about the addiction treatment industry. 10,000 Beds is the result of Jean’s conversations with many persons needing help for addiction who had no resources, followed by site visits to treatment centers with empty beds. She knew this was an equation needing a solution and she immediately set out to solve it.
“Applicants apply online through our website. The online application process includes 30+ questions, a comprehensive review and assessment, consideration of unique needs to identify the appropriate program, and coordination with the selected treatment center to make certain a scholarship bed is available and to allow for their own clinical assessment prior to admission,” Jean explained.
With the costs of treatment dissuading many who would otherwise seek help, the 10,000 Beds program can be a savior.
To increase awareness, Jean and her husband travel throughout the country towing a large RV wrapped with the 10,000 Beds logo and information. They are #OnTheRoad4Recovery and are currently in the middle of their tour for 2018.
“We get cars passing us and people honking and giving us the “thumb’s up” wherever we go,” Krisle said. “It’s pretty nice to see and feel the appreciation when that happens.”
Her goal: to get as many people treatment center scholarships as she can.
“Our role in a person’s recovery is simple. We provide hope, support, and opportunity for them to change their own lives. We do this by connecting those who need help with those who can help.” Krisle went on to say, “we believe in the people we work with, both clients and programs. We don’t save lives, but we hope and pray our clients choose to save theirs.”
When asked why she was accepting the invitation to join 10,000 Beds, Dr. Estes asserted, “This is the type of amazing work I love to support. Sometimes people desiring recovery need the scholarship to get over the hump. I get that.”
“I give away thousands of dollars in scholarships to my Addictions Academy students, so I fully understand the “pay it in advance” model. The return on investment can be felt far and wide.”
The Addictions Academy has been offering a wide-ranging assortment of advanced training for years in an on-going effort to counteract the growing addiction problem. The Academy has program graduates in 22 countries helping address the addiction problem worldwide.
Find out more about The Addictions Academy courses and scholarships at https://theaddictionsacademy.com.
To learn more about Dr. Cali Estes, The Addictions Coach, visit https://theaddictionscoach.com.
And, to apply for a 10,000 Beds scholarship or to learn how your program could help support them, go to http://10000beds.org/.