The Benchmark Recovery and Counseling Center
Owner Lynette Ruiz Established January 2018
Purpose Rehab, Recovery and Counseling
Status Open, All hours inpatient, 9am-5pm for outpatient
Employees Lynette Ruiz - Executive Director
Joseph Sumter - Mental Health Counselor
Huruma - Volunteer Teacher (Self-Defense)
Cesar Diaz - Volunteer Teacher (Cooking)
Mateo Ruiz - Volunteer Teacher (Music)
Miles Dylan - Security

Benchmark is a tall, red brick building renovated into a rehab facility. The first floor holds doctors' offices, reception, waiting areas and conference rooms. The lobby is warm and inviting, with a blue and beige design scheme and paintings of calm oceans and pristine beaches. The common areas follow this design, but each doctor has designed their own offices to their own tastes. The upper floors holds dorm-style rooms, split for two occupants per room. Each floor has a communal shower/bathroom. There is one room on each floor for an employee assigned to that floor, as a communication point for the clients and semi-guard for them, too. This room is more self-contained and the employees are not expected to use the same facilities as the clients.

The Benchmark Recovery and Counseling Center

Additional Info

The Benchmark Recovery and Counseling Center is a facility that caters to the SLC-Expressive, offering services for drug addiction and general psychology/psychiatry. Clients stay on the premises during treatment, then can return home and come for scheduled appointments as needed. Lynette has personally vetted every doctor and counselor on her payroll and all are aware of and capable of handling the sort of traumas that the Evolved in the States (and elsewhere) have often experienced.

While it is geared toward Evolved, Non-Evolved are welcome if they are in need of rehab or counseling as well. But any sign of prejudice against the Evolved and they will be asked to seek service elsewhere. And good luck to them.

All services are provided on a sliding scale payment system.

The facility is technically open all hours. Clients living there can expect to get help at any hour. Food, showers, all the necessities are always available.

For appointments, intake evaluations and the like, please call or come by between the hours of 9am and 5pm. Emergencies will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

As of 6/11/18, Benchmark is under covert surveillance by Homeland Security and/or SESA agents on the lookout for suspicious/malicious activity.

The top floor is an apartment-style layout and used as a safehouse for ex-Ferrymen or evolved in need of a home/safe space. It has a common room with a kitchenette, seating, and entertainment system for everyone's use. People who stay on this floor do not interact with the clients and often exchange work and upkeep on the building for a room.

How It Works

1) There are several ways to partake of the Benchmark's services. For full rehab, a client stays on site for at least a month (up t the player how long they feel their character needs) during this time, they're given a room to stay in and a schedule and therapy sessions. There's more low-key ways to Benchmark, too, which would be the counseling side alone without needing to move in. For anyone who comes, there are classes on a variety of things (for example, Huruma teaches self defense there) that help focus and calm the mind. Like music, painting, cooking, yoga, etc. There are therapy appointments available from 9am-5pm on weekdays. (Urgent therapy matters are available on call too.) And there are groups where people talk in confidence about whatever their issue is.

2) Everyone who works there is ethical and helpful and will genuinely work toward a client being a healthier person. If someone doesn't fit with their therapist, they're able to switch until they find someone they like.

3) All this being said, I don't want to tell anyone how to play their characters! So you are free to decide if therapy and rehab work for them or not. Or to what degree it works. Just as long as there's an understanding that there is genuine help there, even if it doesn't work for them specifically.

4) Relatedly, I'm not here to restrict anyone's RP either, so people would be free to come and go and talk to whoever they'd like. They can have visitors, too. Whatever works for you!

5) Practically, this means there are therapy sessions, group meetings and classes going on in the background of a client's life.

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