Over the course of several days in June 2011, a state agent tasked with regulating drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers made a series of phone calls to the Outcast Bar and Resort in the Gold Country town of Copperopolis. She planned to either rule out or verify troubling allegations that Richard Franko—head of Life Choices, one of Silicon Valley’s largest detox facilities—sent addicts undergoing court-ordered treatment to work at the hard-partying music venue in the Sierra foothills.
One witness, whose name was withheld, reported to California’s Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) that Franko made parolees “assist in human like slave duties as a condition of not sending these clients back to prison.” What DHCS investigator Janina Guarino heard from people she interviewed led her to conclude that Franko had indeed used clients for personal benefit and, in doing so, compromised their sobriety.
“Mr. [Franko] did not keep the [clients] in an alcohol-safe environment,” one of the bartenders, somewhat incredulously, told Guarino. “We encourage people to drink. That’s what we do here. People are here to drink.”
“Yes, it is an open bar,” another worker said when asked if Life Choices clients had access to liquor. “A person getting out of rehab shouldn’t be at the bar.”
Guarino asked how many rehab clients Franko would bring to the watering hole, which he reportedly co-owned with his friend, $30 million lottery winner Dennis Sanfilippo. “Sometimes a truck full,” a staffer responded, “sometimes a limousine full.”
Reports show DHCS was told that Franko would get hopped up on pills and cocktails while his clients worked the bar and the door. A female witness told regulators that the rehab director also sexually harassed her at the resort, telling her “that dress looks good on you, you should bend over in it.” He would go on to invite her to his room for drinks.
Other times, Franko would recruit clients to load music studio equipment for his other side hustle, a country music label also co-owned by Sanfilippo called Big 7 Records. According to state records and conversations with former clients, Franko also relied on the captive pool of clientele to take care of his racing pigeons, requiring them to drive the birds several hours away and release them so they could fly back to roost. Aaron Dukes, a former Life Choices client who says he once had to ferry Franko’s pigeons out to Tracy, described the rehab as a nonstop drug-fueled party.
“Meth, cocaine, pot,” he tells San Jose Inside. “All kinds of drugs were all over the place. You had to be clean to live there, yeah, but some people had boxes of drug tests that they took for someone else.”
For addicts whose freedom depended on their sobriety, Life Choices, a 31-bed residential rehab in the heart of San Jose, apparently became a pipeline back to jail. Franko allegedly let clients leave the facility before their legally mandated 30-day “spin dry” was up, setting up vulnerable addicts and alcoholics to go back to the streets, fail their drug test or risk arrest. According to a former staffer contacted by DHCS, the relapse rate among addicts who worked alongside Franko was about 80 percent.
“Every one of the clients that were close to Richard relapsed,” a rehab client told authorities. “It was out of control.”
But Life Choices personnel told Guarino that if they suspected substance use among the clients who worked off-site, Franko prevented them from being drug tested.
“Richard [Franko] is driving everyone crazy,” another exasperated witness said. “He is taking clients out that are detoxing.”
When regulators shut down Life Choices the morning of March 5, 2014, Franko chalked it up to a “personality conflict” that began years before with the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office and worked its way up to Sacramento.
But a newly unearthed trove of records obtained exclusively by San Jose Inside sheds light on the problems that led to the dramatic shutdown, which forced Franko to bus clients elsewhere for treatment. Hundreds of pages of DHCS filings paint a picture of shocking dysfunction at the facility, where authorities investigated accusations of exploitation, sexual harassment, stolen medication and rampant drug use.
According to public records and redacted witness statements, Franko’s relapses, a slew of DUIs and a felony weapons charge contributed to the chaos that inspired many of the calls to authorities about the rehab director allegedly borrowing money from clients, crashing company vehicles, urinating in the kitchen sink and, in an instance reportedly caught on video, running naked around the facility. Court records depict a man hitting every stone on the way to rock bottom, from stealing $12.99 bottles of Triple Sec from a liquor store—twice in a day—to kidnapping a woman’s dog from her Willow Glen home.
Franko tells San Jose Inside he has sobered up and insists that the allegations stem from jilted ex-staffers or disgruntled clients spreading lies. He admits to some slip-ups, just not the way they’re characterized, calling the state’s probe a “witch hunt.” The parolees in question were paid $100 a day for their time, he says, and the work involved remodeling the bar before it opened to customers. In an ironic twist, he adds, the resort-bar has since been converted to a lakeside rehab.
And now, back in the South Bay, Franko’s back in business. In October last year, he obtained a license for a new treatment facility called Red Road Recovery, which takes its name from the Native American term for righteous path. Under the state’s whack-a-mole enforcement, problematic operators can evidently form a new entity and start over again.
With its license expired in 2014, Life Choices has since reverted from a residential rehab to an unregulated sober living facility—considered a group home for the disabled, governed only by local zoning and federal fair-housing laws.
But among many shocking details San Jose Inside has learned about the purportedly reckless rehab center, one of the more surprising is that San Jose city officials have been asleep at the wheel, leaving taxpayers to subsidize the beleaguered program.
The Money Man
Tucked between the remnants of a once-vast orchard and an elevated roadway separating it from a recycling center on the other side of Taylor Street, Life Choices lies almost beyond view from passing drivers. But neighbors and authorities have kept a wary eye on the facility from the day it opened as a residential drug rehab in late summer of 2001.
Founded by Franko and bankrolled by John and Betty Licking, an elderly Sunnyvale dentist and his wife, Life Choices took in some of the first clients under Prop. 36—a state law allowing nonviolent convicts to serve their sentence in rehab instead of jail. When California enacted sweeping prison reform a decade later, it accepted former inmates released under community supervision in lieu of incarceration.
Franko—who’s 63 with a long brown mullet, stocky build and a face weathered by hard living—says the venture came from a very personal place. A self-professed alcoholic who fought for his own sobriety to avoid jail, he says he tried to remain immersed in recovery by turning it into his livelihood.
“I wanted to learn the language of recovery,” Franko says. “I wanted to be able to walk other people through their detox as well as their family members and loved ones.”
John Licking, who met Franko decades ago at the Church of Christ in Sunnyvale, traces his interest in working with recovering addicts to a realization early in his career during a tour of Los Angeles County General Hospital. A doctor told him that just about half of all patients at the notoriously under-resourced infirmary were there because of drugs and alcohol—be it liver disease, a car crash or a bar fight. The sheer magnitude of the crisis weighed on Licking for years, he says. So when Franko approached him about expanding Life Choices, the dentist jumped at the opportunity.
“When you get the chance to do something about a problem, you take it,” Licking says, standing outside Life Choices on a recent afternoon. “This was that chance.”
“I told him the church can save your soul, but the program will save your butt,” Franko quips during an earlier conversation.
In Licking’s telling, Life Choices’ battle with authorities began when administrators refused to comply with a local prosecutor’s request to identify a rehab center resident, which would violate patient privacy laws. From then on, he says, the district attorney’s office had Franko and the facility under the microscope, which created a cloud of suspicion that filtered up to the DHCS.
“It was an uphill battle from the beginning,” Licking says. “The city didn’t want us here, the neighbors didn’t want us here and the DA wanted to tell us how to run the place.”
Licking, who’s on the nonprofit’s board of directors with his wife, admits that he has a dim view of regulators, characterizing their citations as busywork—a way to rack up fees to fund a bloated bureaucracy. Franko echoed the sentiment.
“In this business, I have been turned off at the politics involved,” Franko says. “That is why I don’t believe in the DA or the state. The DA wanted me out because I would not bow down to what they wanted me to do.”
When asked what he thought of the violations that led up to the facility losing its license, however, John Licking says he wasn’t involved in day-to-day operations and doesn’t know what they entailed. When asked if he’d like to review the records obtained by San Jose Inside that recount the allegations of drug-and-booze-fueled parties and forced labor, he shakes his head side to side.
“All the drug recovery programs end up occasionally with some drugs in the program,” he says. “Somebody brings some drugs in. That’s not allowed or permitted. When that happens here, then that person is gone from the program, and anybody else associated with it. … Because you can’t tolerate that.”
And what about the allegations that staff encouraged the use of drugs and alcohol?
“I never saw that,” he says.
Would he be interested in seeing the records detailing the allegations?
“It doesn’t matter to me now,” he says.
In a phone call days earlier, Betty Licking claimed ignorance, too.
“The violations that happened were mostly administrative, and actually not—I don’t want to say that they weren’t important—but they were things like the files were not in the order that the state regulators requested,” she says. “Minor administrative things.”
For a couple that’s invested what appears to be millions of dollars in Life Choices and, more recently, Red Road Recovery, the Lickings seem to care surprisingly little about whether the organizations have lived up to their missions. While it’s true that state inspectors noted some seemingly trivial things in their facility reports at Life Choices—a moldy apple under a desk, a pie in a bathroom dresser—civil lawsuits and regulatory filings make it clear that the DHCS had more to worry about than what the Lickings dismiss as merely broken light fixtures or cracked floors. But the proprietors of Life Choices weren’t the only ones turning a blind eye.
Though Santa Clara County and other service providers welcomed the addition of a sizable treatment center, neighbors of Life Choices were none too keen on having the addiction center in their vicinity. The animosity, coupled with plans to someday build a freeway over the site to link with the future Berryessa BART station, led San Jose officials to dig in their heels when the fledgling Life Choices sought to grow from 31 to 120 beds.
Five years after petitioning City Hall to approve the expansion, John Licking sued the city, claiming the city’s denial constituted discrimination against the disabled. To settle the lawsuit, San Jose shelled out $2 million in 2009 to buy the property—leaving the Lickings with a tidy profit and Life Choices with an extraordinarily cheap lease.
Then-Councilman Sam Liccardo, who has since become mayor, called it a win-win at the time, noting that the sale allowed the city to eschew the ordeal of claiming the plot through eminent domain.
Aside from the police calls one might expect from a rehab center—psychiatric holds, drug possession, unattended deaths, the occasional scrap—the lease signing was the last known action the city took on the property. More than two years since the $1-a-month contract expired, officials have yet to renegotiate the deal. Licking says he’ll keep sending that $12 check every year, hoping the city doesn’t ask for more.
“One of these days,” he says, “the city will say, ‘this is your six months’ notice,’ and this will be bulldozed. I don’t know when that will happen.”
Officials from the mayor’s, city manager’s and economic development offices offered no insight on the matter, except to say that the lease had, indeed, expired on Sept. 30, 2015.
Rehab operators like Franko and Licking find themselves at a difficult juncture. Growing awareness about chemical dependency as a disease has inspired a nationwide push to reform the $35 billion-a-year industry, with incidents of insurance fraud and overdose deaths at clinics bringing greater scrutiny to the role of residential treatment in an addict’s recovery—and to the potential for abuse.
Recent revelations of labor trafficking, sexual misconduct and alarming relapse rates in California rehab centers have pressured regulators to crack down on unscrupulous clinics, while political advocacy groups debate how to raise professional standards in the field. California requires criminal background checks for acupuncturists, optometrists, veterinarians and dental hygienists, but it has no such mandate for substance abuse counselors or rehab clinic directors.
Twenty-nine states have enacted landmark rehab reforms, including licensure on sober living homes and stricter standards for treatment, but legislation in California has stalled.
“We’re going to regroup and continue that fight in 2018,” says Frank Jones, who founded Recovery Reform Now, which advocates for stronger consumer protections in the drug treatment industry. “There has to be a higher standard for treating a disease that requires intensive, long-term care.”
Until then, virtually anyone can run a rehab business in California. There’s no educational requirement—medical or otherwise—and no need to obtain even a counseling certification through one of several industry associations. Under existing rules, aspiring counselors can work with patients for up to five years without a background check and without certification.
Franko was on track to obtain a certification through the Breining Institute, records show, but he blew the five-year deadline and never submitted any documentation about his academic history.
“They won’t let me get certified,” he says during a recent interview, without elaborating on why that’s the case. “But they’ll let me run the place.”
On paper, however, there’s someone else in charge. The DHCS lists a Wiley David Thorne as the former executive in charge of Life Choices and the clinical director of Red Road Recovery. Franko and his lead counselor, Joaquin Aguirre, downplay Thorne’s involvement, calling him at times a consultant or adviser—but not the head honcho.
“I’m really behind the scenes,” Thorne confirms, noting that he’s trying to get Red Road certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
Thorne, a licensed counselor who worked with Franko for much of the past decade, speaks highly of his colleague and calls the state’s enforcement needlessly adversarial.
“One thing I do have to say about Richard is that you could not begin to calculate the number of people that he has helped over the years,” Thorne says. “He has helped so many people get clean and sober, he has helped so many people get their lives back together. … He has more than paid his dues, both rehabilitation-wise, and for any issues he may have had with the criminal justice system.”
Despite his personal and professional struggles, Franko has managed to cultivate a well-funded support network. Although he hasn’t contracted directly with the county since 2005, he relies on a considerable sum of public money channeled through some of the region’s biggest nonprofits, including Catholic Charities and Community Solutions. Indeed, a stack of letters from various officials in the charitable sector and law enforcement vouched for Franko when he faced a judge for legal troubles that coincided with the state enforcement against Life Choices. More recently, Catholic Charities asked the state to approve his petition to add more beds at Red Road.
Franko acknowledges his relapses but says he always got back on track. He blames his downfall on a collision on Valentine’s Day in 2010, when, according to court records, he struck and killed a homeless man while driving a black 2007 Chevy Silverado on a suspended license. The pedestrian, who turned out to be intoxicated, darted into the off-ramp just south of Bird Avenue on Highway 87, according to the police report. It haunted Franko for years, he says, and led to a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder.
“That really shook me,” he says.
Aguirre—a loyal friend to Franko who was working at Gardner Health Services during the few years before Life Choices lost its license—says people who work in the addiction field often struggle with the disease themselves. It’s part of what qualifies them to supervise treatment centers, he says, and part of what pulled them through those difficult years at Life Choices.
While the bulk of DHCS records centered on Franko’s behavior, regulators also noted a troubling association with a staffer who turned out to be a fraud. Ricky Diffenderfer, who introduced himself as “Dr. D,” worked closely with Life Choices until people wised up to his scam of posing as a counselor while bilking clients in treatment centers across Northern California. In 2016, a few years after he parted ways with Life Choices, Diffenderfer pleaded no contest to charges of grand theft and welfare fraud in exchange for a two-year prison sentence.
Another name that turns up only in passing within the dossier supplied by the DHCS is that of Dr. Cecil Bradley, a psychiatrist who sent referrals to Life Choices and now works with Franko at Red Road Recovery. The Medical Board of California twice has suspended Bradley’s license.
The first time came in the 1990s, when the doctor refused to submit to a psychiatric test in response to accusations that he engaged in sexual harassment and inappropriate sexual behavior with employees and patients. More recently, a probationary period ended in 2012 after Bradley was disciplined for prescribing addictive drugs to patients in the throes of substance abuse, according to the medical board. He also eschewed risk-benefit analyses. In 2003, according to the state medical board, one of his patients was hospitalized for stimulant-induced psychosis after Bradley kept prescribing her ADHD medication despite repeated signs of abuse.
Today, almost the exact same team of doctors, counselors, investors and operators—give or take a few—are behind Red Road Recovery in north San Jose, raising questions about the efficacy of state enforcement. Records indicate that Red Road, which charges up to $7,900 a month per client, has met every state-set benchmark as of this week. Life Choices’ last citation, given for advertising licensed services at an unlicensed facility, came this past spring. That, too, was cleared up.
“I don’t want to go to war with the state right now,” Franko says. “To be honest, I’m having a hard enough time with them as it is.”
Until DHCS signs off on a petition to expand Red Road from six to another 20-or-so beds, Franko says he’s going to focus on building up the number of sober homes and rehabs under his purview, thanks to investment from the Lickings and support from nonprofit heavyweights.
“The bottom line is I’ve put up with all this crap and I’m still here,” Franko says during a recent tour of Red Road, where a stray black-and-white cat he calls Detox lurks in the garden. “That’s why they call me The Battleship. I’ve been hit with so many torpedoes, and I’m still standing.”
The San José City Council should have (a long time ago) taken the necessary, thorough and complete steps to regulate the “Alcohol-Drug-Detox-Centers” that have been permitted to exist and operate in residential neighborhoods.
These corporate enterprises charge a handsome fee ($5,000 per month or more) to provide alleged care to reform bad life-style choices. Over-time, these commercial entities purchase residential properties adjacent or in the near proximity to their original location. I have seen this done in my Vendome neighborhood.
Within a few years of operation, these enterprises can own several properties within a neighborhood depressing property values. Of course, with any depressed property values enter those with funds to snatch them up. Whether the acquisition of additional properties by the “Alcohol-Drug-Detox-Centers” are for additional treatment centers or for future “re-floating of property values’ via the closing of the original “Alcohol-Drug-Detox-Centers” is wide-open for the practices associated with the subterfuge of skullduggeries.
David S. Wall
So, this business is paying $12 a year for rent. Prior, the city paid them $2M to buy their land for a future freeway ramp near Berryessa BART. I understand the funds are not there to build the ramp at this time.
The city could have raised the rent from $12 per year to “market rate” on Sept. 30, 2015, but did not. Then, on June 1, 2016, the San Jose voters approved a $.25 sales tax increase to be paid to city’s general fund. Why are the San Jose taxpayers subsidizing the rent for a for-profit company? Someone needs to start doing their job.
Metro and pictorial style of the “1000 mile stare”
Something I’ve noticed with metro/sji articles. Anytime they want to portray someone as a victim in a menusha situation, they always get pictures of them doing the “1000 mile stare”. This article has two, count them two of them! Of course, not being completely insensitive to what the Metro is trying to accomplish here, “The 1000 mile stare” picture is meant to depict the focus of the article having a state of mind that is “Anywhere but here”. As a reader, this compels us to feel sympathy for whatever dredge of society they’re trying to pawn off as a decent human being.
Fortunately though, there will always be readers like me, encouraging other readers to not fall for it. Without the heart string tugging pictures, and just reading the text of the article, what am I left with? A guy who ran a halfway house/rehab and somehow his wards ended up being pimped out to serve drinks at an open bar?
What am I supposed to feel here? Sorry for the guy?
Follow the money.
This program saves the tax payers hundreds of thousands of dollars by the fact there are fewer hospital emergency visits. The program is very successful. One of the leaders in successful care. That is why these agency’s have checked all this out and support them.. There is no asleep at the wheel. Life Choices
is the leader in the valley for care of these people.. one qustion comes to mind is.they opened there doors for this article.Why would they accept a interview if they felt they were in the wrong.This program works
The news article is typical of this news channel.
A) Assuming any of this article were true…why does a recovering addict not need to work? Forced? Wow? Talk about Fake News. Charged or Convicted?
B) I’m familiar with the target of this article and recognize a few named or quoted; these are some of the best professionals in their industry. Shame on this news agency for misleading the people in this piece, as this industry hardly has any support from their neighbors and certainly isn’t making anyone rich.
C) Funny how the other similar agencies were part of the original situation and immediately benefitted from Mr. Franko’s charges then. That individual was recently reported to every and any agency in the area. No one cared.
My point…having laws means nothing, when the laws are not enforced. In C, many people tried to report another agency and no agency was willing to advocate for the mentally ill and recovering addicts. Even the many agencies who claim they serve the mentally ill.
My closing point…Mr. Franko runs a Grade A organization. The best! People learn and grow without a caring environment we need more like this man and the people working for him. This article fails to supply the credit where it’s due.
THIS WOMAN OBVIOUSLY
KNOWS THESE PEOPLE AND HAS FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE
People learn and grow WITH (correction should be with not without)… a caring environment we need more like this man and the people working for him. This article fails to supply the credit where it’s due.
I came from a program called STEP, I am one of the first to enter the program and successfully complete the program. However everything was a rodeo for me. I have Ptsd and am likely to abuse alcohol when I am unable to cope with my traumas. I am no longer a criminal. Which is what made a significant difference in my alcohol abuse. Rather than totally focus on one’s addiction finding that root that’s damaged might make a successful change in someone. I am not going to name what sle’ s or program of therapy I received. At the end of the day as someone trying to help there’s no wrong way, people can’t be generalized. We live in a diverse very one man for himself society.
Let me tell you about who Richard Franko is today. I work in this field and know him and some of his past and current clients. He’s the first person I call when I know someone who needs help. His organizations are of the highest quality. There are many in this area, few have any flexibility and I’ve seen many of these claims against Richard in those organizations. I’ve never seen anything claimed in this article. Instead of helping to get more funding for services we need to help more clients, it was used to paint a very different picture of the man I know. The man I know, never denies a client for an inability to pay. He work with anyone who needs help, he’s opened the door to every person I’ve referred. Everyone of these people has nothing but good things to say and many lives have changed. I know the people working for him today, each one has a great deal of integrity and each helps his organization because of Richard’s commitment to help people.
“In today’s era of increased scrutiny directed at addiction treatment centers, it almost seems as if the unethical providers are the rule rather than the exception. But we know that’s far from the truth. Mainstream media certainly isn’t helping, as it tends to be biased against providers, painting an exclusively grim picture of profiteering and exploitation.”
Editor in Chief
Behavioral Health Professional
There seems to be a trend that the media and news reporters seem to be jumping on by interpreting information to suit their narcissistic and egomaniac drive for stardom in the world of journalism, or as the president says, “FAKE NEWS.”
The media does not seem to care anymore about reporting the truth, but instead are trying to out do each other with dramatizations and distortions of the truth. The truth is in there, but its covered with bias and exaggeration and overemphasis of one or two people’s version of the truth, that is not based on fact.
The sad part is these slayers of the truth brag and take pride in this type of journalism and that in itself is another story. A story that maybe an honest reporter should feel obligated to write about from Inside the walls of story makers and their unscrupulous tactics, to get the version of the story they are seeking.
This paper took a low blow when they published this article. Shame on you Metro.
Anyone who knows Richard Franko would say the statement below is totally ludicrous! Those people were clamoring, begging to work, and they didn’t work for free either. Work or you go back to jail??? Ridiculous. This opening paragraph is so far from the truth as to be fictional. The rest of the article looks like the person who wrote it couldn’t figure out whether they were writing a novel or a documentary.
“One witness, whose name was withheld, reported to California’s Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) that Franko made parolees “assist in human like slave duties as a condition of not sending these clients back to prison.””
I’ve known Richard for over 12 years. He’s helped me deal with my addiction to alcohol. Richard took me in when I had no money and didn’t,t care. All that mattered to him is that I get off alcohol. He housed me, feed me and offered support that I couldn’t,t find anywhere else.
It saddens me someone would attack a man who genuinely cares for people trying to get clean and sober. God Bless Richard.
This individual is a racketeer, He surrounds himself with shady people who work in his field and will support his insane behavior. He has found poor suckers in the Lickings and they keep shelling out money. His programs should be shut down all together. It is individuals and programs like this that give other programs a very bad name. Take out the trash and get rid of this weasle already. He has been a bane on this community for way too long.
Wahwah Walkeen is a con artist from way back at Benny McKeowns with his co-extortionist Dan is Neato. It’s odd enough all the unscrupulous end up working at Gardner.
THIS INDIVIDUAL HAS THE LICKINGS SUPPORT BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN FRIENDS FOR DECADES.THEY ATTEND THE SAME CHURCH TOGETHER AND MAINTAIN A TIGHT BOND IN THE LORD.ITS SAD WHEN REAL BAD REPORTING CAN HARM A GOOD EFFORT. WHAT IS REALLY SAD IS PEOPLE THAT BELIEVE IN WHAT THEY READ.HE ISNT THE QUOTE WEASEL HE HAS DONE SEVERAL INTERVIEW WITH QUALITY NEWS PAPERS AND THEY ALWAYS STAYED ON POINT. IF YOU CALL THE PEOPLE HE HANGS OUT WITH THE SAME YOU ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH THIS INDUSTRY. THEY HAVE BEEN OPERATING SINCE LATE 90S AND HAVE HELPED THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE. GET A JOB AND START READING QUALITY NEWS.
This paper and writer clearly have an agenda to create outrage and sell more ads. If this is front cover news for this paper then Richard Franko will be helping people get sober long after this dishrag folds. The truth is in there somewhere but it’s been slanted and darkened with help from an online thesaurus open in this writers browser. If you reported on all the success stories Richard is responsible for you’d have a feel good fluff piece that doesn’t sell ads quite like tearing someone down. You exploit this man as part of doing business to only accuse him of doing the same. And if you’re a home owner walking your block judging others while also relying on them to raise your property value maybe your investment strategy really isn’t that solid.
Richard “Dick” Franko is the guy who made life miserable for Lester Chambers of the Chambers Brothers, and his son Dylan, when they were hired in Copperopolis by Dennis Sanfelipo to play music. Franko is a racist jerk despite his Native American trappings and hype to sell rehab slots. His social acumen would work well in the penitentiary.
I was in life choices from 06 to 0 8. Richard and Life Choices save my life. Yes it was a little unorthodox but it’s what help me I was there for 30 days and ended up staying for 2 and 1/2 years working for Franco. and one thing about addicts we all lie. I seen people make up stuff about Franco in the facility for years. and Franco does have a really really good heart he really cares for the guys I miss him I miss being there at Life Choices.