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Legislator asks for more oversight - Tulsa Beacon
« on: September 06, 2012, 13:00 »
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6 September 2012, 9:31 am

A local lawmaker disturbed by suspicious practices of a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in his county of Pittsburg plans to eliminate a loophole which allowed centers deemed “nonmedical” to operate without any state oversight.

In response to the recent deaths at Narconon Arrowheard, recently Rep. Brian Renegar, D-McAlester, requested the House of Representatives legal staff to draft legislation to require that nonmedical treatment centers must receive oversight and certification from the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

“Many questionable practices have come to light in the last few months that have raised serious safety concerns, not just in Narconon’s reliance of daily 5-hour sauna sessions and a rigid vitamin regimen to combat withdrawals, but in the quality of their staff, which appear to be inadequately educated and trained in the care and treatment of patients with drug and alcohol addictions,” said Rep. Renegar.

Narconon Arrowhead, which is associated with the Church of Scientology, has had seven patient deaths since 2005, three of which occurred in the last nine months.

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Re: Legislator asks for more oversight - Tulsa Beacon
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2012, 19:38 »
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Narconon first came to Oklahoma in 1989 when it signed a 25-year lease with the Ponca tribe for its new 75-bed center in Chilocco. Narconon originally challenged Oklahoma’s authority to regulate the facility, claiming that they were not required to obtain certification or licensing from the state by virtue of its location on federal trust land held for the benefit of five Indian tribes comprising the Chilocco Development Authority.

As Narconon expanded its treatment to include non-Indians, they attempted and ultimately failed to receive certification from Oklahoma’s Department of Mental Health, which denied them on the basis that there was no credible evidence that the program was effective for chemical dependency. At the time, however, the state allowed for the center to get an exemption from certification when Narconon went instead to a private group, the Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) based out of Arizona, for approval.
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Re: Legislator asks for more oversight - Tulsa Beacon
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2012, 07:05 »
CARF: http://forum.reachingforthetippingpoint.net/index.php/topic,10580.0.html

All the legislation in the world won't help, if the laws are not enforced.

Any more news on the calls for more legislation in Oklahoma?
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Re: Legislator asks for more oversight - Tulsa Beacon
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2012, 07:54 »
Why aren't the news people picking up on the William Kent McGregor 'conflict of interest' angle related to how they got the CARF accreditation to begin with?

In some respects CARF is also a victim of the narCONon scam.

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