Community Wellness

Sonoma Academy Therapy Fund

Sonoma Academy Therapy Fund

We have partnered with RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, to assist alumni and former students who are survivors of sexual misconduct and related violence during their time at Sonoma Academy with costs related to therapy. Any former student seeking support through this Fund can be assured that RAINN and the third-party claims administrator will not share their name or any other personally identifying details with any Sonoma Academy administrator, board member, or other staff member.

We are committed to providing former students and alumni with reimbursement for up to a maximum of $20,000 per individual, for therapy costs incurred at any time related to sexual misconduct and related violence by any Sonoma Academy personnel, including faculty, staff, or contractors. Sessions must be with a licensed, qualified mental health professional with a Master’s degree or higher.

If any alumni or former students exhaust the $20,000 in funds and need additional therapy, they may petition for further funds through RAINN or the third-party claims administrator, both of whom will anonymize the petitions in order to protect the petitioners’ identities before forwarding those requests to Sonoma Academy for evaluation on a case-by-case basis. An independent, third-party claims administrator will work with RAINN to maintain the confidentiality of the survivors accessing the Fund, review all claims, and process approved payments to therapists or as reimbursement.

All inquiries and financial assistance/reimbursement requests are confidential, and Sonoma Academy will not receive any information about callers to the Hotline.

For further information about the specifics of Sonoma Academy Therapy Fund, contact the dedicated Sonoma Academy Therapy Fund Hotline operated by RAINN at (833) 893-0117. This service is available Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am-7:00 pm ET (excluding federal holidays and RAINN closures).

For immediate crisis intervention, and general information and resources available 24/7, contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at (800) 656-HOPE (4673) or hotline.rainn.org

FAQs

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • What are the required qualifications for an approved mental health provider?

    Approved providers must be licensed to practice in their state and hold a Masters’ degree or higher in a mental health discipline. 
    For those alumni and former students living outside the United States, contact RAINN for information about qualified mental health providers in your country of residence.
  • How does this process keep me anonymous to Sonoma Academy?

    Callers identified as approved applicants to access the Sonoma Academy Therapy Fund are connected to the independent third-party administrator, to process claims. Neither RAINN nor the claims administrator will provide Sonoma Academy with any identifying information about callers or claims.
  • What is the maximum amount of support available to alumni and former students for current therapy costs?

    Sonoma Academy has established a designated therapy fund to provide current therapy sessions for approved alumni and former students up to a lifetime maximum of $20,000 per individual. If alumni or former students exhaust the $20,000 in funds and need additional therapy, they may petition for further funds through RAINN or the third-party claims administrator, both of whom will anonymize the petitions in order to protect the petitioners’ identities before forwarding those requests to Sonoma Academy for evaluation on a case-by-case basis. 
  • How do I access immediate support?

    For information specific to the Sonoma Academy Therapy Fund, and to inquire about access to the fund, please call the Sonoma Academy Therapy Fund Hotline, operated by RAINN, at at (202) 949-7170, or at the toll free number (833) 893-0117, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am-7:00 pm ET.  

    But if you need immediate general assistance, crisis intervention, and emotional support, The National Sexual Assault Hotline is available for any individual affected by sexual violence, 24/7, in both English and Spanish: (800) 656-HOPE (4673) or online at www.online.rainn.org.
  • What happens when I call RAINN seeking financial assistance or reimbursement? How will requests for financial assistance or reimbursement be approved?

    RAINN will administer the intake process for all callers seeking services and verify that the caller is an alum or former student. Sonoma Academy will not have access to callers’ therapy treatment records or other confidential information. No personally identifiable information, including the name of the caller, will be provided to Sonoma Academy.

    RAINN will ask callers to provide certain information at intake (e.g., name, date of birth, class year, current address, phone number, email, the name of the alleged perpetrator, dates of the alleged abuse, a brief description of the nature of the alleged abuse). RAINN will report incidents to the state as required in accordance with state law but otherwise maintains confidentiality concerning all information received from survivors.

    Once RAINN has completed the intake process and confirmed that the caller is an alum, the caller is automatically approved for financial assistance or reimbursement. RAINN will connect the caller to a third-party claims administrator to process timely reimbursement. 
  • I live outside of the United States. How can I access the Sonoma Academy-specific hotline?

    The toll-free phone number (833) 893-0117 is accessible to callers outside of the United States. If you have any difficulty using the toll-free number, you can also access the Sonoma Academy-specific hotline through the following local number: 1 (202) 949-7170.
     
2500 Farmers Lane 
Santa Rosa, CA 95404 
(707) 545-1770 
inbox@sonomaacademy.org
 

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