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Narconon Arrowhead – CARF Conflict of Interest – Corruption?
18 July 2012, 1:20 am

With the three recent Patient deaths at the Scientology Rehab center, Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), continues to recognize Narconon Arrowhead for accredited services to the unwary and desperate public. http://www.carf.org/home/



Following a lengthy investigation in Canada recently, the Quebec College of Physicians banned a Montreal physician from ever associating with Narconon again and the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services forced Narconon Trois-Rivieres to immediately shut down and remove all the patients – citing Narconon as a health risk and danger to patients. CARF on the other hand, even though there are three recent deaths at Narconon Arrowhead, continues to support and provide Narconon with Accreditation.

April 17, 2012

Narconon: Health Agency feared for the safety of the residents

https://whyweprotest.net/community/threads/narconon-trois-rivieres-is-closed.101820/page-9#post-2097269

The subject of this complaint is how and why CARF accredited Narconon Arrowhead in the first place? On December 20, 1991, a state board denied certification for Narconon Arrowhead (formally Narconon Chilocco New Life Center), and gave the facility seven days to move out its patients. The Oklahoma Board of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services voted 6-0 to deny certification for Narconon Chilocco. Board member Stewart R. Beasley Jr. asked that 27 patients now at Narconon Chilocco be removed within seven days because the program is basically unsafe. Their well-being is at risk.



According to several credible websites, William Kent McGregor was the Surveyor employed by CARF for the Accreditation process of Narconon Arrowhead. Not only did McGregor have close family ties to Narconon Arrowhead, but following the Accreditation process, he was employed at the Scientology Rehab center.

Narconon Arrowhead’s accreditation by CARF was handled by William Kent McGregor:

http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Stop-Narconon/Documents/accreditation.html

When one examines the criteria set forth by CARF for a Rehab center to be accredited, it is clear that many issues have been covered over with a veil of ignorance and could easily be interrpreted as corruption or a conspiracy plot to circumvent the original and appropriate Oklahoma Board of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services denial of Government Certification. And what’s more important and of grave concern, is the recent patient deaths while in the care of Narconon Arrowhead.



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 :-O<  CARF expert needed over at our favorite "underground bunker" today.  People are asking about the mysterious CARF - Narconon Chilloco connection:

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/08/scientology_bob_lobsinger.php#more




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:-O<  CARF expert needed over at our favorite "underground bunker" today.  People are asking about the mysterious CARF - Narconon Chilloco connection:

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/08/scientology_bob_lobsinger.php#more

There's no mystery if you look around and read up on the history of this association with CARF.

William Kent McGregor as the initial surveyor for CARF, who helped them get CARF certified. I believe he was a Narconon grad after had lost his license to practice social work in New Mexico because he sexually assaulted a patient .

He then got them certificed through CARF and then later joined the Board of Directors of Narconon Oklahoma Inc . He also trained and continues to train drug counselors in OK with his PITA Group company for Narconon staff and other's wanting certification. He is now licensed as a training supervisor by state of OK for this training. He also provided continuing Ed classes. He's being investigated by CARF right now I believe, based upon complaints sent in.

Here is a more recent threead about CARF
CARF and Responsibility
http://forum.reachingforthetippingpoint.net/index.php?topic=10580.40

Here is a link to all the Tipping Point posts or threads from Google Search mentioning McGregor, Narconon and the sexual assault
et+william+Kent+McGregor+Narconon+sexual+assault&sa=X&ei=ZKUvUK2BNobX0QHM7YG4BQ&ved=0CGcQrQIwAw&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=c5a36ddfaf41f456&biw=1024&bih=562" class="bbc_link" target="_blank">http://www.google.com/#hl=en&q=+site:forum.reachingforthetippingpoint.n et+william+Kent+McGregor+Narconon+sexual+assault&sa=X&ei=ZKUvUK2BNobX0QHM7YG4BQ&ved=0CGcQrQIwAw&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=c5a36ddfaf41f456&biw=1024&bih=562

Here is a google search of all content mentioning Kent McGregor & Narconon on the internet
http://www.google.com/#hl=en&biw=1024&bih=562&sclient=psy-ab&q=william+Kent+McGregor+Narconon&oq=william+Kent+McGregor+Narconon&gs_l=hp.12...0.0.1.1188.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0..0.0.les%3B..0.0...1c.p8yEBHMjTJ0&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=c5a36ddfaf41f456

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Oh gawd. The latest bullshit presser from the Narconon Arrowhead camp:

Narconon Arrowhead Displays Exemplary Conformance to CARF Accreditation Standards
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http://pr-bg.com/content/view/369350/80/
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Any drug rehabilitation facility works hard to truly rehabilitate individuals for healthy, productive lives. There are some programs and facilities that have greater outcomes than others, but some of the best are those who are constantly interested in self-improvement. Receiving consultative accreditation can allow a rehabilitation facility to make the changes that will bring about improved results in those they serve.

Narconon of Oklahoma, Inc. (dba) Narconon Arrowhead, a non-profit private residential rehabilitation facility located in southeastern Oklahoma, has successfully met the core standards upheld by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for more than 20 years consecutively. Founded in 1966, CARF is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services programs, including opioid treatment programs. Approximately 50,000 programs and services at more than 22,000 locations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa are accredited by CARF. The mission of CARF is: “To promote the quality, value and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of persons served.”

Elected individuals on the CARF Board of Directors set the standards for treatment and services, and participate in the accreditation of various programs and services. It is no small feat to for a service organization like Narconon Arrowhead to achieve high marks in conformance to CARF’s standards, but Narconon Arrowhead has a long track record of doing exactly that.

Narconon Arrowhead’s CARF Accreditation Report

As part of the CARF accreditation process, many different aspects of a program are reviewed. This includes the environment in which the program or services are provided, the training and demeanor of the staff, the value of the facility to the community, the complexity of the program, its outcomes and more. A Survey Summary Report issued by CARF after their last site visit of Narconon Arrowhead noted the following strengths:

  • Narconon Arrowhead is located in a beautiful, natural environment that is non-distracting and allows program participants to focus on their recovery.
  • The staff of Narconon Arrowhead are dedicated to their jobs, and have a positive demeanor.
  • The community around Narconon Arrowhead is very appreciative of the efforts made to help educate others in the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
  • Narconon Arrowhead is committed to excellence and accountability, and uses business strategies, care programs and outcome monitoring to ensure that they are reaching the highest standards possible.
  • Many Narconon Arrowhead staff are themselves graduates of the program, allowing them to truly understand what their patients are going through and provide the needed support and encouragement.
  • Narconon Arrowhead is dedicated to not only helping an individual become drug free, but to remain drug free in the future. They encourage program participants to return as needed to get help with maintaining sobriety.
  • Narconon Arrowhead has in place a very successful quality records review program.
  • Narconon Arrowhead patients routinely report that they felt very cared for, looked after, encouraged and supported by the Narconon Arrowhead staff.

The report also highlights the exemplary conformance to standards of operational efficiency at Narconon Arrowhead. Vital organizational information, including financial information, resource allocations and more, are graphed weekly and tracked carefully so that any drop in productivity can be quickly addressed and resolved and increasing productivity can be identified and strengthened.

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The report also highlights the exemplary conformance to standards of operational efficiency at Narconon Arrowhead. Vital organizational information, including financial information, resource allocations and more, are graphed weekly and tracked carefully so that any drop in productivity can be quickly addressed and resolved and increasing productivity can be identified and strengthened.

Notice this doesn't mention industry standards or standards of care. Please define productivity, Narconon.
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I can see how someone would be initially wowed if Narconon explained how every post had a stat and then worked conditions if those stats raised or lowered.  But an in depth analysis would point out how insane and ridiculous their stat based org really is.

For example, take a course room supervisor whose stats might be how many people completed a particular book per week.  Well, that sounds great.  But if Div6 (sales) didn't do a great job last month and less people came into Narconon then less people would be on course.

This would result in the course supervisor being assigned a Danger condition no matter how great a job they were doing.

And according to scientology and Narconon, the reason that the course supervisors stats are down ISN'T because sales isn't effectively bringing people into the building but because the course supervisor sucked that week.

That's how stats work at Narconon. 

But anyone who didn't actually know how a Narconon was run would look at the pretty line charts and say "wow they really track stuff".  No they don't.  Stats are essentially an excuse to get people into productivity, regardless of if they themselves are doing a great job.  If Restaurants worked that way, then anytime business was slow, all the waitresses and cooks would be forced to work overtime.  Sounds insane, but that's the tech in action. 

Stats at Narconon are often as arbitrary as using "number of days with sunshine" as a statistic.  They often mean nothing and have little to do with the actual post.

Now if they started charting "number of lies told" or "number of people conned to get in the door"...well, now that would be a stat they should look at.

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Here's what CARF said when I sent them info on what was happening at AH:

-----Original Message-----
From:
Sent: Monday, March 04, 2013 4:28 PM
To: Feedback
Subject: Public - Inquiry from CARF Website

Prefix: Mr.
First Name: Eric
Last Name: Tenorio
Address Line 1:
Address Line 2:
City:
State/Province: (Select)
Country: (Select)
Zip/Postal Code:
E-mail Address: 
Telephone:
Extension:
Name of CARF-Accredited Provider Narconon Arrowhead Provider City: Canadian Provider State/Province: OK Your Relationship to the Provider (For Example, a Person Receiving Services, Employee, Purchaser, Family Member, or Other Support Person): ex-employee
Comment: I have information on Narconon Arrowhead. I was working there as a case manager when the CARF surveyors came to accredit Narconon. I worked on a project to get case files in compliance with your standards then after the survey the folders went back to the Scientology way of doing it. I reported Narconon for fraudulently getting their certified chemical dependency counselor certificates as well. They used a guy named Kent McGregor. He sells fake CADC certificates to further legitimize Narconon when his PITA Group does not have the authority in the state of OK to issue them. I already mailed you a packet of info and have not heard back. People have died at this facility recently. The integrity of your organization is at stake if you dont investigate this matter further.
Topic of Inquiry: Other (please describe in Comments) If CARF conducts a survey at the organization in the near future, would you like to be considered for an interview with one of the CARF surveyors? Yes

 
Their Response:

Dear Mr. Tenorio,

CARF International is in receipt of your report concerning Narconon of Oklahoma dated 3/4/13, as well as mailed correspondence you submitted recently.

Please be advised that CARF considers all reports received concerning accredited programs and conducts further review when deemed appropriate. If CARF determines that an accredited program is no longer achieving an acceptable level of conformance to applicable standards, it may modify accreditation status.

While CARF may review this matter for standards conformance, it does not resolve individual disputes. Accordingly, you are encouraged to directly contact the service provider, state licensing authority and/or your local advocacy groups.

Thank you for bringing this matter to CARF's attention.

Sincerely,

Emily Hosea M.Ed, NCC
Behavioral Health and Child & Youth Resource Specialist
CARF INTERNATIONAL
6951 E. Southpoint Road Tucson, AZ 85756
Toll-Free: 888-281-6531, ext. 7193
Phone: 520-325-1044, ext. 7193
Fax: 520-495-7193
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Thank you Emily.  I have no direct disputes with Narconon.  I am concerned that people are dying there and they are fraudulently advertising themselves as certified counselors and using the CARF accreditation to lure unsuspecting people to the program.  I believe this matter should be deemed as very important to your organization as there is a lot of media attention in these matters.  I speak with attorneys and media people who want to get the full story on what is occurring there and not acting on this type of information can hurt the stellar reputation CARF has.  Its up to you guys though what you do or dont do.  Thanks for responding.  If you have any questions please feel free to get with me at any time.
 
 
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CARF is now known as BARF.
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While CARF may review this matter for standards conformance, it does not resolve individual disputes. Accordingly, you are encouraged to directly contact the service provider, state licensing authority and/or your local advocacy groups.

 _/?%  <---- CARF.

How about an international advocacy group, instead?  (Uh, oh, honey, the internet is here.)

Can you email me the same packet of information you sent to Ms. Emily Hosea M.Ed, NCC, of CARF?

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Hey guys! I've lurked here on & off for awhile but am jumping in to add something to this thread.
The other day on Tony O's blog there was a link about Narconon bragging about getting CARF certification. After a quick glance at the carf site I thought they looked legit  <snort>. I contacted them and got the exact same response as above from that Emily! The fact that she didn't answer any of my direct questions was a huge tip off that they suck and then Tony pointed me over here where I found this thread. I am going to write her back tomorrow and see if I can get an actual answer from her. Scientology angers me so much and Narconon more. Now this CARF bs is a farce that makes them look legit. I've had it with these folks. How do these people sleep at night?? ARGH!
Anyway, I thought you guys would find it interesting that they seem to be sending out a canned response to emails. I'm going to follow this thread and I'll let you guys know if I get any kind of response from somebody at CARF. I'm thinking about mass emailing the board or something. Lol.
Thanks for listening to me vent! OH, if anyone wants to see what kick started this for me you can find this paid for, bs, press release here:

http://www.imperialvalleynews.com/index.php/news/health/7650-california-non-12-step-addiction-treatment-centers-awarded-carf-accreditation.html

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Please keep us posted, Frodis73.

Many have written CARF. Why they continue to provide Narconon this smidgen of legitimacy is baffling. I doubt the CARF cert is held in very high regard by the rehab community. A fair number of inpatient rehabs have Joint Commission accreditation now, which is more difficult to obtain.
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Hi Frodis, and welcome to Tipping Point.  It's great to have another person putting pressure on CARF. 

Unfortunately, at least in 2005, a number of states allowed rehab licensing based on CARF certification: http://www.samhsa.gov/fbci/fbci_counselor_standards.pdf  I don't know what the current status on that is, but I imagine that was something that helped CARF to grow as an organization. 

I wonder if, rather than working on CARF to remove Narconon's certification, it might be better to work on changing the states that accept CARF certification in lieu of the qualifications they would normally require?  That is, petitioning the states to not accept CARF certification, and thus removing some (or most?) of CARF's customer base? 

Of course, many of the states seem to have their collective heads in the sand too, at least when it comes to drug rehab licensing.
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Just don't fall into the trap of believing narCONon's hype that CARF certifies the entire program, they don't. The only thing CARF certifies is the very early steps of the program, not the sauna, not the mega-vitamin regime, and not the "Cof$ TR" bull desguised as rehab.

And as much as we'd like CARF to pick and choose who it looks at, they fall under SAMHSA's thumb and don't have that option. In fact the only reason they even look at drug rehabs is because of pressure brought by SAMHSA to begin with. Which is what put them in a position William Kent McGregor was able to take advantage of at the time.
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Hi again guys-
Thanks so much for all the info...I feel like I have a better understanding of this circle jerk. It just kills me that stuff like this gives people a false sense of security when looking at rehabs. Honestly, it also kills me that the public doesn't do a #$!@%! google search before sending a loved one off to a *very* expensive rehab...laziness, lack of knowledge...whatever it is...the "church" is taking advantage of that and I hate them for it. I've been in rehab before, so this really hits home for me and I want them shut the hell down! I'm in Ohio...they are not even here anymore as Narconon. I guess about 10 yrs ago or so there was a group of some kind here trying to sucker ppl in...think it was just group therapy(?). They targeted a friends sister...never got the whole story--they didn't/wouldn't talk about it. I think they sent their daughter to one of the rehabs but it didn't work, plus they found out it was CofS and I do know they continued to try & recruit her here in Ohio and in typical fashion I know they were very persistent. We do have a small mission up near Cleveland and I assume it was out of there.

Now that I have more information I am going to def email this chick back and I'm going to call her out on the canned reply and not answering my questions. I'll be firm, but polite enough to hopefully get an answer.
I will share what happens, if anything.

Ethercat: I like your idea & I'm going to check out the link you shared and do yet more digging. I really do believe all these things we do is slowly chipping away at them...just takes time & I want to do my part.

Down with C of S!!
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Welcome, Frodis73! Thanks for speaking out about this. I really appreciate your comment.

If you ever have future contact with that family, do suggest the girl and who ever paid for the Narconon program do the confidential Narconon Survey hosted here The link can be found at the top header titled NEWS on the home page of the site
Former clients of Narconon, please do the Narconon Survey.
http://www.reachingforthetippingpoint.net/

BTW, Looks like someone at Whyweprotest.net found a comment of yours made on Tony Ortega's blog to be very helpful for the Craigs List project!
https://whyweprotest.net/community/threads/taking-down-co-on-craigslist-co-ads-on-craigslist.113779/page-60#post-2432538

Best wishes and do keep us posted if you are ble to make contact with her.

Mary
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