Re: Jailed, disbarred lawyer Thomas Corea would rather be at controversial drug rehab facility tied to Church of ScientologySunday, November 25, 2012 5:05 AMFrom:"Mary McConnell" <firstname.lastname@example.org>View contact detailsTo: email@example.com, Kathy.Perkins@dshs.state.tx.us, Ellen.Cooper@dshs.state.tx.us, firstname.lastname@example.org, Jacob.Harris@dallascounty.orgCc: email@example.comTo: Mike Maples, Assistant Commissioner for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Texas Department of State Health ServicesKathryn Perkins, Assistant Commissioner for Regulatory Services, Texas Department of State Health ServicesEllen Cooper, Facility Licensing Group Manager, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division, Texas Department of State Health ServicesTexas Department of State Health Services,Substance Abuse Compliance Group, Substance Abuse Facility InvestigationsJacob Harris, Assistant District Attorney - Dallas CountyScott Goldstein, Reporter- The Dallas Morning NewsDear all,Thank you for taking the time to read this.I am writing to you after reading an excellent article by Scott Goldstein which mentions Narconon's Texas facility called Lone Star Victory Ranch. I believe you need to be aware that the program is being run illegally in the State of Texas, without license. I ask that this be facility and it's program be investigated fully. I have been concerned that this program has lied to the state in order to operate without a license. This would not be the first time a Narconon program has operated illegally. A recent investigative article on Narconon in NV shows it is completely unregulatedhttp://ortegaunderground.wordpress.com/2012/11/01/nathan-baca/Here is the article by Mr. Goldstein, which explains how Narconon was brought up in this case:Jailed, disbarred lawyer Thomas Corea would rather be at controversial drug rehab facility tied to Church of Scientologyhttp://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2012/11/jailed-disbarred-lawyer-thomas-corea-would-rather-be-at-controversial-drug-rehab-facility-tied-to-church-of-scientology.html/There are approximately 10 Narconon programs across the USA, all of which have been and are currently involved in lawsuits against them. These facilities are being sued for a variety of serious issues such as fraud, RICO, negligence, wrongful death, deceptive trade practices, wage violations, among other things. There are 4 ongoing wrongful death lawsuits; 3 of the deaths occurred within 9 months of each other at their Oklahoma facility. You can see a recent Dateline MSNBC Rock Center report about these deaths here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thg31Lp4yB4In another death case, in Georgia, the court found that the facility lied to drug courts in order to obtain patients. This included lying about their license to these courts. This case is mentioned further down here, regarding sanctions levied against the facility for lying and not providing documents as required by the court.I can send you the court documents on all these cases if needed.I have attached several documents of import which I hope you will take a few minutes to review. These related to the Texas facility and a copy of the sanctions decision in Georgia.One is a 2010 Q&A response to me from a former staff member of the Texas facility. It is very important that you read this to see what this facility is doing you your State. While they do send out some patients to medical detox, the majority of patients ( they call them students) are detoxed at the facility. This is without medical supervision. They will do whatever they can to avoid medical detox because they are anti-medication. Patients are actually taken off their prescribed medicines by general staff members, not licensed personnel, when they arrive, no matter what the medicine is for. This is a major issue people have with the program.People are doing detox and rehabilitation without the required evidence based criteria and somehow the state has allowed this to go on.Two of the attached are documents related to registration with the Texas Secretary of State, showing responsible entities for the Texas facility.One is a copy of a 2012 press release from the facility, inplying that they are a drug education program working with some drug courts in TX.Another is a copy of one of their websites.Next is a copy of a decision for sanctions by Dekalb County GA Superior Court against Narconon of Georgia for lying throughout theb case and for intentionally not providing documents as requested by the court. The sanctions are most severe. Narconon's responses are being stricken from the record, so in essence, they admit guilt. This type of sanction is considered to be the death penalty of civil law. You can read about this case here and Google search the news for many other related articles.Narconon punished, stripped of defense in civil caseFriday, Nov. 9, 2012http://www.wsbradio.com/news/news/narconon-punished-stripped-defense-civil-case/nS2rW/Inside Scientology's Rehab Rackethttp://www.thefix.com/content/narconons-big-con?page=allI also attached a copy of one of the TX facility's websites.Read the program steps and materials, along with what they entail here:http://forum.reachingforthetippingpoint.net/index.php/topic,9728.msg22269.html#msg22269There are significant dangers regarding the large amounts of vitamins these patients are required to take as they get off the drugs. Here is the list of vitamins that Narconon says is necessary for drug addicts to take when they stop taking drugs. Note that the list of vitamins posted on their web site is supposed to be taken 4 times a day.In other words, 1,000 mg of niacinamide x 4 times daily = 4,000 mg daily, and so on, for all the vitamins listed below.http://www.narconon-europa.net/drugbomb.htmDuring the program sauna component, the patient takes up to 5,000mgs/day of Niacin."Is Narconon Safe? Dangerous detoxification"http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Narconon/detox.htmIf you search for Narconon in the Texas State licensing database, you will see that it has 2 entries and both show that the license was retired.Search Criteria Search By NameOrganization Name: NarcononName License Number License Rank Status Expiration DateNarconon South Texas, Inc. 2333 Treatment Head Quarters Retired Narconon South Texas, Inc. 2256 Treatment Head Quarters Retiredhttps://vo.dshs.state.tx.us/datamart/searchByNameTXRAS.dohttps://vo.dshs.state.tx.us/datamart/selSearchTypeTXRAS.do?from=loginPageNarconon is not a licensed program and does not meet the criteria for any exemptions for licensure, as listed in25 TAC §448.401:Texas Administrative CodeTITLE 25 HEALTH SERVICESPART 1 DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICESCHAPTER 448 STANDARD OF CARESUBCHAPTER D FACILITY LICENSURE INFORMATIONRULE §448.401 License Requiredhttp://info.sos.state.tx.us/pls/pub/readtac$ext.TacPage?sl=R&app=9&p_dir=&p_rloc=&p_tloc=&p_ploc=&pg=1&p_tac=&ti=25&pt=1&ch=448&rl=401I have read the following and believe thatLatest guidance regarding 25 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), §448.401(b).https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/WorkArea/linkit.aspx?LinkIdentifier=id&ItemID=8589969904[..] A substance abuse treatment facility may be any facility that offers treatment for persons with chemical dependency. Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 464, requires facilities providing substance abuse treatment services to be licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services (Department).[..][..] The Substance Abuse Facility Licensing Group develops rules that establish minimum standards for substance abuse treatment facility licensing procedures and registration procedures for faith-based exempt programs; for granting, denying, suspending and revoking a license; for licensing fees; and for operation and care. [..]http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/hfp/substance.shtmThe counselors are not licensed per Texas regulations, either.You can see that Narconon International lists this program on their website and that it's not listed as an educational program as some others there are.http://www.narconon.org/narconon-centers/united-states.html :Drug Rehab Center - TexasNarconon South Texas17697 ABD RoadHarlingen, TX 78552Phone: Toll-Free 1-866-938-3927Phone: (956) 423-2853Fax: (956) 365-3022Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: http://www.lifewithoutdrugs.net/Narconon Drug Rehab Center South Texas Again, it is my hope that you will investigate how this facility has been able to operate in the State of Texas when they are running a detoxification and residential program in your state. I would appreciate it if you would let me know what will be done to look into this.Thank you.Mary McConnellVolunteer Advocate For Victims of Narcononhttp://reaching4.info
Ok, so NN So Tx got absorbed into NN Fresh Start, and let their license to operate evaportate into 'Retired' status. Since this wasn't just a business name change, the IRS should have been notified NN So Tx was gone, and turned in their EIN number.The new Texas operation should either be operating under NN Fresh Starts EIN, if they are reporting under NN FS's 990's, or submitted the paper work to get their own. Keeping an EIN active for a business that's gone, and has not just changed names, can be considered fraud.
Interesting their license to operate is 'Retired'. The IRS Select Check for eligible exempt organizations still has them listed:EIN:75-3152868 Narconon South Texas Inc. Harlingen TXA quick check of the ERI database shows they were granted the exempt status June 2009, still active, but does not list any Form 990's for them. No 990 info on Guidestar either, although they also show NN South Tx as active.Which is strange for an organization with a 'Retired' license to operate.
That same 2010 Form 990 also shows a "Grant" of $20,000 from NN Fresh Start to NN So Tx. It'd be interesting to know if that happened before, or after, NN So Tx's license to operate in TX was 'Retired'.But the point remains, NN Texas Lone Star Victory Ranch is a DBA for NN Fresh Start in Texas, not a renaming of NN So Tx, and it's income is bundled into the NN Fresh Start 990 reporting. So it would fall under NN Fresh Start's EIN, not NN So Tx.So why does NN So TX, an outfit that's officially not in operation according to the state of Texas, still have an active EIN in the IRS Exempt Organization database?I smell 'shenanigans'.
"Before NN FS took over, NN ST was in bad financial shape."Do we know what got them in bad shape? Large salaries, rents to scientology owners of the building, narconon money going to the church for staff auditing?
I wish there was a way to search these licenses by address (and not just for Texas; that would be helpful for ALL the state licensings).
Searching for Substance Abuse licenses in Harlingen, there are other places, but none that seem to be a stealth Narconon. Call them and ask what the heck they're doing these days?
California, Michigan and Florida seem to be the high value targets for accessing state directories. I love California's new system, Michigan is okay, and Florida won't talk to me, wah!
You need a US-based proxy for Florida, I guess. I wonder if there's anything I can do to help with that? It would have to be something that could be automated, though, and not require much manual intervention, because I have too much on my plate right now as it is. Feel free to PM me if you have any ideas.
I can probably manage. The question is, does Florida have an online list of current rehab licenses?