The Warner Model
A non-institutional socially-integrated approach to a life well lived with mental health disorders.
We examined an array of business approaches from the worker cooperative to the employee stock ownership approach and eventually developed a plan that most closely reflected our needs.
With the help of our board of directors, including Jason Wiener, a cooperative and social enterprise attorney, we began to work out the necessary legal structure and never looked back. The staff and managers fashioned an ownership plan that set out how we would make ownership possible for employees with widely different incomes, preserve our core values and create a flow of co-owner participation in management that would provide opportunities for creative vision to come from every level of the organization.
In December 2014, 16 staff members became co-owners of Colorado Recovery. In the summer of 2016, the employees became owners of 100 percent of the voting shares in the company.
The board of Colorado Recovery is comprised of external board members with broad experience in commercial, non-profit and employee-owned settings, employees and family-member investors.
For more information about Colorado Recovery’s employee ownership plan, see the article by Cat Johnson at: http://www.shareable.net/blog/why-a-healthcare-entrepreneur-is-selling-his-business-to-employees