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New Suit Alledges OK DHS Suppressed 2012 IG Report
« on: August 19, 2014, 14:21 »
Tony O's reporting a new suit alledging OK DHS suppressed a 2012 IG Report recommending AH be shut down: http://tonyortega.org/2014/08/19/oklahoma/

At the least, I hope this gets the suppressed report into the sunlight.

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Re: New Suit Alledges OK DHS Suppressed 2012 IG Report
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2014, 18:25 »
It's been in the works for a while. Nice to see it's out in the open.

State Investigators Of Narconon Arrowhead Say They Were Wrongfully Fired April 18, 2014, Dana Hertneky, News 9

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Re: New Suit Alledges OK DHS Suppressed 2012 IG Report
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2014, 20:17 »
Narconon Investigators Sue Department Of Mental Health And Substance Abuse - News9
Posted: Aug 19, 2014 5:44 PM EST Updated: Aug 19, 2014 6:23 PM EST
By Dana Hertneky, News 9

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Investigators say the Scientology-based drug treatment center Narconon Arrowhead, located on Lake Eufaula, violated numerous state laws and should be shut down. But they also say the Oklahoma State Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse hid the results of that investigation, and did nothing.

Former Inspector General Kim Poff and Michael DeLong, the two highest ranking investigators with the agency, say they were fired after they objected to the state keeping the findings of their investigation secret and they have now filed a wrongful termination suit.

More at http://www.news9.com/story/26319970/narconon-investigators-sue-department-of-mental-health-and-substance-abuse
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Re: New Suit Alledges OK DHS Suppressed 2012 IG Report
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2014, 19:37 »
Former OSDMHSA Inspector General Kim Poff has been an ally for our cause for some time now. She received all the complaints we had people send in. She knew what was going on. Colin Henderson was in contact with her for some time, trying to get the investigation going, providing documentation. Later he found out she'd been dumped and the investigation shoved to the side. He worked hard to help get this exposed. Kim deserved our support for doing the right thing. Expect lots of fireworks on this case!
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Re: New Suit Alledges OK DHS Suppressed 2012 IG Report
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2014, 23:47 »
Narconon hearing     Records detail concerns at Narconon facility
 Posted: Sunday, September 21, 2014 7:00 pm
By ZIVA BRANSTETTER World Enterprise Editor |
 
"A Pittsburg County district judge will hear arguments Tuesday from attorneys seeking to force the state to release a report that allegedly recommended closure of the Narconon drug rehabilitation facility after three patients died.

Attorney Gary Richardson, who represents plaintiffs in several lawsuits against Narconon’s Arrowhead center, said the hearing in Pittsburg County District Court will focus on investigative records he has requested through a subpoena to the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Richardson began seeking the records after a former inspector general for the agency, Kim Poff, and an investigator, Michael DeLong, sued the department in Oklahoma County District Court.

The lawsuits by Poff and DeLong allege that leaders at the Department of Mental Health, including Commissioner Terri White, withheld their final report recommending that Narconon Arrowhead be shut down after the patient deaths."   Read on for more 
http://www.tulsaworld.com/homepagelatest/records-detail-concerns-at-narconon-facility/article_1e74fcfa-cf6f-5f15-850b-53bb8a918863.html
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Re: New Suit Alledges OK DHS Suppressed 2012 IG Report
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2014, 11:55 »
 The OK DHS 2012 report that was apparently suppressed in this matter very much needs to be made public. In not doing so,that state agency loses any form of credibility to those it serves.

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Re: New Suit Alledges OK DHS Suppressed 2012 IG Report
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2014, 20:47 »
The OK DHS 2012 report that was apparently suppressed in this matter very much needs to be made public. In not doing so,that state agency loses any form of credibility to those it serves.

NARCONON DENIED: Damaging Oklahoma report on Scientology rehab facility will be turned over - The Underground Bunker
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Re: New Suit Alledges OK DHS Suppressed 2012 IG Report
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2014, 21:35 »
TULSA WORLD: Detailed story on the OK court order to release state report about Narconon, as well as reporting on details on Narconon Arrowhead Detox facility, it's investigations and it's woes
http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/crimewatch/judge-orders-state-to-turn-over-investigative-report-on-narconon/article_0a65c9c7-d041-5b15-9a02-e327f74f4bae.html
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Re: New Suit Alledges OK DHS Suppressed 2012 IG Report
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2014, 12:14 »
These state agencies really know how to discourage someone from doing the right thing.   :XXXO

Kim Poff fired by Oklahoma agency after stories (including ours) described Scientology dispute - The Underground Bunker (Tony Ortega)
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Now it can be told: Just days after we reported, along with local Oklahoma media, that Kim Poff had filed suit against the state’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuses Services (ODMHSAS), she was fired by another Oklahoma state agency, the Department of Human Services.

Her attorney, Rachel Bussett, tells us she believes those events are directly connected.

“On August 18, you and News 9 reported her lawsuit. And then on the 19th of August, the story was reported by the Daily Oklahoman and the Tulsa World,” Bussett told us by telephone yesterday. “It’s our understanding that Kim’s file was pulled the next day, on the 20th, and she was fired on the 22nd.”

Poff filed a grievance over her firing, and after it was rejected, this week she filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

more at http://tonyortega.org/2014/11/11/kim-poff-fired-by-oklahoma-agency-after-stories-including-ours-described-scientology-dispute/
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Re: New Suit Alledges OK DHS Suppressed 2012 IG Report
« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2014, 15:43 »
They sure do. 

They score worse than 76% of the other states on risk for corruption because of their laws, regulations or lack of them. Look at the loopholes for state employees! God knows how much Narconon has filled the coffers of government officials and employees of ODMHSAS & Department of Human Services to try and make this thing go away.
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Oklahoma
Corruption Risk Report Card

Rank among 50 states: 38th

  Overall grade:    D
http://www.stateintegrity.org/oklahoma

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Public Access to Information
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Political Financing
C+
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Executive Accountability
D
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Legislative Accountability
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State Budget Processes
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Home → Your State → Oklahoma →
Oklahoma: The story behind the score

By Ziva Branstetter

The story goes that the state seal of Oklahoma was smuggled out of Guthrie, the original capital, in the dark of night, hidden in some dirty laundry or possibly wrapped in brown paper.

The hastily arranged operation on June 12, 1910 that moved the state capital to Oklahoma City set the state on a path that it is still traveling today in regard to transparency. Oklahoma has a populist streak in principle, but power often remains tightly held in the hands of a few who prefer doing the public’s business in the dark. Those few serve a population that now totals nearly 3.8 million.

While Oklahoma has an inclusive open records law, a variety of forces have been chipping away at the public’s right to know in recent years. Exemptions to the state Open Records Act have combined with lax enforcement and underfunded ethics agencies to create a recipe with potential for corruption.

And so Oklahoma ranks 38th with a grade of D and a numerical score of 64 percent from the State Integrity Investigation, a collaborative project of the Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity and Public Radio International. No state received an A. [..]


Ethics and politics           

While Oklahoma has enshrined its ethics commission in the state Constitution, many state government observers say the commission has been hobbled by a lack of funding. The commission is the repository for campaign filings required by law. It also sets ethics rules for office holders and state employees and investigates violations of the rules.

While the commission has levied penalties in some high-profile cases, for the most part it lacks the resources to adequately police politicians and state employees, said GOP state Rep. Mike Reynolds.

In 2008, Reynolds discovered a clause slipped into a bill that would have taken away authority of the commission to name its own director and allowed the director’s duties to be defined by the Legislature. That clause was thrown out but lawmakers continue to underfund the agency, “which is the ultimate interference,” Reynolds said.

Bryan Dean, a reporter at The Oklahoman newspaper and past president of FOI Oklahoma, agreed that the commission needs more resources to do its job.

“I think they are somewhat neutered by the lack of staffing and financial resources and some people have questioned whether that’s by design.”

 Another concern: loopholes in state laws that prohibiting state officials from arranging jobs for themselves.

There is only one law in Oklahoma related to private sector service by former state executive branch officials. It prohibits an official from being involved in a privatization contract and then going to work for the company that contracts with the state. The prohibition lasts for only one year.[..]

[..]Oklahoma does have laws in place to prevent state officials from receiving gifts and perks while in office, but several elected officials have flouted those laws.

Former Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Carroll Fisher resigned in 2004 after he was found to have solicited more than $30,000 in furnishings and other items for his office from people who were regulated by the agency. He was convicted after pleading no contest to accepting bribes from a Texas businessman who was seeking preferential treatment by the agency.

State Auditor and Inspector Jeff McMahan resigned from office after being charged with accepting bribes, expensive gifts and trips from a businessman in the abstract industry, which is regulated by the auditor's office. He was convicted in 2008.

Scandals like these often provoke a predictable cycle: A public outcry prompts officials to posture and promise reform. Laws are proposed, watered down in secret and by the time they pass, the next scandal has distracted the public. 

As Oklahoma’s favorite son cowboy comedian Will Rogers said: “People don’t change under governments. Governments change. People remain the same.”
http://www.stateintegrity.org/oklahoma_story_subpage

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Re: New Suit Alledges OK DHS Suppressed 2012 IG Report
« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2015, 13:17 »
Any news on the public availablity of the report in question? The judge did deem it to be of public interest. FOIA?

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Re: New Suit Alledges OK DHS Suppressed 2012 IG Report
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Re: New Suit Alledges OK DHS Suppressed 2012 IG Report
« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2017, 09:12 »
Belated thank you Alcie...

Sad that DeLong lost on this one but one outcome is that Narconon 'students' can sue for such negligence with added strength of this decision,  if it fits circumstances their complaint

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The federal court in Oklahoma City dismissed DeLong’s negligent training and supervision claim. Noting that Oklahoma is still an employment-at-will state, the court said exceptions to that doctrine must be specific and narrow. For that reason, it ruled that negligent training and supervision claims may only be pursued by a third-party, non-employee who is harmed by the negligence of an organization’s manager or supervisor. It is not a claim that a former employee can maintain relating to their own firing.
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