Dear ICP Friends and Family:
This is another crisis in the world’s and ICP’s history. Many of us remember that in response to AIDS, among other initiatives, we began groups for HIV patients in 1982. After September 11th we organized extensive trauma counseling. And our first responses to Covid-19, again demonstrate our community’s desire to prevail over challenges.
As you know, starting March 9th all ICP systems began to go remote. The entire Institute pulled together for this. As a result, we‘ve been there for our patients and therapists, which is something to be proud of.
Along the way, there have been staggering financial consequences that cut close to the heart of ICP’s mission. Treatment fees have decreased by 25% since the crisis began. This is not surprising, the poor are disproportionately impacted in terms of mortality rates and financial vulnerability. To support ICP’s patients we made the decision to lower patients’ fees by almost 50% on average, for those who’ve lost their jobs – 90 cases so far. We are reducing future intake and treatment fees as we can for patients in financial distress. The scope of this response is unprecedented in ICP’s long history.
Early on, we canceled in person spring – summer workshops and open houses for candidate recruiting. While we have moved all events online, no one has any idea what the impact will be on our training programs or financially.
These steps were necessary and express ICP’s historical values.
The devastating economic impact of Covid-19 does require further action. We’ve applied for relief to private foundations, the Cares Act and the Payroll Protection Program. As you’ve no doubt read, foundations are overwhelmed and the federal programs are unconscionably bureaucratic and political, especially for small organizations. We cannot count on ICP receiving any assistance.
So we must take decisive action now to support ICP’s patients, our administrative and clinical staffs, as well as to support further crisis interventions.
While Covid-19 has shaken all of us – our families, our friends, our patients and our practices – we ask that you step up to meet this challenge as generously as you possibly can.
There are many ways, both direct and indirect, to help the ICP community get through this terrible time.
Here are some options:
You can also sign up for Amazon Smile by going to smile.amazon.com. Indicate the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy as your organization of choice. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchases to ICP each time you shop with no cost involved.
Our community needs everyone to help us move beyond Covid-19.
Here’s how to easily make your donation:
Thank you, we will see this through together!
Ron Taffel, Ph.D.
Chair, Board of Directors, ICP
Andrea Green-Lewis, LCSW-R
Director of Operations, ICP