The state of Tennessee released the following statement:
“DMHDD staff met with Mr. John Smid, Executive Director of Love In Action, on August 19, 2005. Based on the meeting, it was determined that Love In Action is operating two unlicensed mental health supportive living facilities in Memphis.
“In accordance with DMHDD’s licensure procedures, a certified letter was sent to Mr. Smid. The letter dated Aug. 23, 2005, stated licensure staff’s determination that Love In Action was operating two unlicensed facilities. The letter further stated that he must stop operating the homes within seven (7) days of receiving the letter, or apply for a license within the same time period. “The Department’s Office of Licensure determines the seven day period based on the date the organization receives the letter. This is verified by return receipt from the Post Office. Licensure did not receive a return receipt from the post office, so another letter was sent Thursday, Sept. 8.
“If Mr. Smid does not respond by Sept. 15, licensure staff will revisit Love In Action, to determine if the agency is still operating the two homes. If the homes are still operating, licensure will recommend to the Department’s Commissioner that a cease and desist order be issued to Love In Action, in accordance with DMHDD Licensure Law.” Rachel Lassiter Deputy Press Secretary Governor’s Communications Office — 615.741.3763
So it looks like this "reparative therapy" mill may really be shutting down. Let’s hope so.