We are approved by Washington county to provide our Batterers Intervention Program (sometimes called “Domestic Violence Interventions” or “Nonviolence Classes”–they all mean the same thing).
Based on the internationally recognized Duluth Model, Mike Pecosh personally went to Duluth, MN to receive their training and was authorized to purchase and utilize their curriculum, Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter.
A. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? That depends on how much money you make each year. We use what is referred to as a “sliding scale,” which means that you pay what you can afford to pay.
B. HOW DO YOU DETERMINE WHAT I CAN AFFORD TO PAY? We ask to see two consecutive pay stubs or a tax return from the previous year. Also, we are willing to negotiate with you if you are legitimately having financial difficulties. Believe it or not, what’s most important to us is that you attend these classes and not how much we make on them.
C. WHEN IS PAYMENT DUE? Classes are pay-as-you-go. Payment is due at the start of each class. We do not accept personal checks. You will be given a receipt each week.
D. HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAM? Twenty-six (26) weeks.
E. WHEN IS IT? Mondays at 7 PM.
F. HOW MUCH TIME IS EACH CLASS? One hour. Sometimes we might be done a bit sooner, sometimes we might go a bit over.
G. IS THIS PROGRAM AUTHORIZED BY WASHINGTON COUNTY? Yes. Our program was approved by the county Committee in October 2019, so it “counts” for “domestic violence counseling/classes” or “batterers intervention counseling/classes” (the terms are interchangeable).
H. IS THIS CONFIDENTIAL? Yes. You have certain rights under HIPAA laws which will be explained to you, but you will be asked to sign consent forms authorizing us to release information to all relevant legal entities (the court, your lawyer, Adult Probation, etc.). These waivers of confidentiality are mandatory for participation in the program.
I. WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO MISS A WEEK? We realize things happen and you may need to miss once or twice, but you have to attend 26 classes, so if you miss a class, you have to make it up. More than three absences will result in notification to the court, your probation officer, etc.