The facility is independent of the 49ers, a requirement important to the NFLPA because it wants to ensure Smith is treated as a person and not as a player.
The union doesn’t want Smith’s return date to the 49ers to be a factor in determining when he will be finished with treatment.
“It’s not like he’s going to be magically cured in a month,” a source close to Smith told ESPN. “If his problem is serious enough, a month might not be enough.”
Source: Ed Werder, ESPN