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Scientology's Cult-Based Drug Fraud In Hawaii Rejected
12 July 2009, 11:01 am

The Governor rejected Scientology's fake "drug treatment" scam, fortunately, saving hundreds of people from being rooked and swindled by these insane Scientology crooks.

http://kgmb9.com/main/content/view/18760/76/

See the below critical letter to the editor from the Exec Dir. of Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii explaining why it should be voted against. Further down you can find more info on the bill and where to write.

Letters to the Editor - Hawaii Editorials - Starbulletin.com

For Wednesday, March 25, 2009

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 25, 2009

Cult-based treatment isn't the answer

Normally, we would support a legislator's initiative to propose drug treatment over incarceration. Unfortunately we cannot support Rep. Rida Cabanilla's proposed House Bill 358 (Star-Bulletin, March 20) as it is terribly misguided. She says this bill is based on the "nationally recognized Second Chance program of New Mexico." In fact, this program is based on the principles of Scientology and has not been proven to be effective.

The basic principles themselves are controversial and not science-based. If legislators are going to propose treatment programs, it behooves them to do some research and ensure that taxpayer money is used for effective, evidence-based programs. There are many of them.

We agree with Cabanilla that incarceration is expensive, ineffective and leads to high rates of recidivism. We hope she will instead vote for proposals which would add drug treatment beds to our prisons, increase community-based programs for nonviolent drug offenders and establish re-entry programs. One such bill is SB 540 SD2 HD1 which adds beds at Oahu Community Correctional Center for the second part, the re-entry portion of the Residential Drug Abuse Program currently being used in Hawaii facilities.

Jeanne Y. Ohta

Executive director

Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii

http://www.starbulletin.com/editorials/20090325_Letters_to_the_Editor.html

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[..]Governor Lingle Submits Potential Veto List to Legislature

Written by KGMB9 News - news@kgmb9.com June 30, 2009 05:42 PM From the Governor's Office:

Governor Linda Lingle today submitted to the State Legislature a list of 65 bills that she is considering for potential vetoes. [..]

In addition, due to the unprecedented $2.7 billion revenue shortfall between now and June 30, 2011, as projected by the Council on Revenues, the Lingle-Aiona Administration has increased scrutiny of all bills for potential budgetary implications. As a result, a number of bills were put on the potential veto list because they call for new or increased spending at a time when the State cannot afford to expand the cost of government or further deplete the State's limited fiscal resources. Twelve bills on the list fall into this category of potentially negative fiscal implications (HB 36, HB 343, HB 358......

[..]

HB358 CD1 measure  history is here:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2009/lists/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=

=3DHB&billnumber=3D358

Email:

governor.lingle@hawaii.gov This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or gov.policy@hawaii.gov This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Fax:

(808) 586-0006

Mail:

Office of the Governor

Hawai'i State Capitol, Executive Chambers

Honolulu, Hawai'i 96813

Here is the link to an article written by a Scientology crook supporter and Haewaii Rep promoting "Second Chance": and HB 358

To get a further idea, read what I wrote previous to the Hawaii House of reps:

NOTICE OF DECISION MAKING

HB358 HD1 - RELATING TO DRUG TREATMENT.

Authorizes placement of certain offenders in secure drug treatment facilities.

DATE:  Monday, April 6, 2009 TIME:  10:00 a.m.

PLACE: Conference Room 016, State Capitol 415 South Beretania Street

Dear Committee members,

Thank you for taking the time to consider my comments.

I am very concerned that HB358 HD1 has not been worded accurately to ensure that a "Secure Drug Treatment Facility" means that it is Hawaii State Health Department licensed in the delivery of alcohol and drug treatment, and that the providers and counselors meet the criteria set by the State of Hawaii licensing of such.

The facilities under this revision must be rooted by ACT =A711-98 TITLE 11 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CHAPTER 98 SPECIAL TREATMENT FACILITY alcohol and drug treatment facility & provider minimum criteria.

The proposed "secure drug treatment facility' being touted as a model for this is called "Second Chance Program" but I must tell you that the drug treatment portion of this program ( NARCONON ) does not meet Hawaii State licensing criteria, nor are their counselors licensed by Hawaii standards.

Aa a matter of fact, there is an existing 'Narconon Hawaii' center in Honolulu which has never been able to provide the consumers or state of Hawaii any drug and alcohol rehabilitation services because their counselors and facility do not meet Hawaii licensing standards.

Hawaii's existing programs Inmate Recidivism Rates are better than that of Second Chance Program. Per the 2008 University of New Mexico Institute For Social Research "Second Chance Center Preliminary Study" prepared for the State of New Mexico and Second Chance Center :

[..]Preliminary Recidivism

In an approximately one year period three students (8.6%) who completed the program picked up new charges (Burglary, DWI 3rd, and Aggravated Assault), 8 students (22.9%) had technical probation violations, and 24 students (65.7%) did not have a probation violation or new charge.[..]

Preliminary Reporting of Recidivism by Criminal Justice Agency for the State of Hawaii: July 1, 2007 =96 June 30, 2008 shows recidivism rates in Hawaii were no higher than 5%.

Multi-agency efforts were required to achieve this. Why strain all the agencies involved in what is already a challanging exercise in trying to coordinate when there still is no Master Plan in place.(1) Preliminary Reporting of Recidivism by Criminal Justice Agency: July 1, 2007 =96 June 30, 2008  A contracted 'secure drug treatment facility' would require as much if not more controls in place than state run facilities.

You cannot leave that up top the contractor, as New Mexico did. What began as a bright and costly idea has now turned out to be a failure. Second Chance was evicted recently from it's rental facility, in part because they allowed violent criminals in desite lease agreement to not treat and house that high a risk category of offender.

(1) The 2008 and 2009 REPORT TO THE LEGISLATURE BY THE HAWAII DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, PREPARED BY THE ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE DIVISION states:

{..] REPORT PURSUANT TO

SECTION 10 OF ACT 161, SESSION LAWS OF HAWAII 2002, ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF SECTION 321-193.5, HAWAII REVISED STATUTES Act 161, Session Laws of Hawaii (SLH) 2002, was enacted =93to require first time non-violent drug offenders, including probation and parole violators, to be sentenced to undergo and complete drug treatment instead of incarceration."

Section 21 of the Act specifies that:

The Department of Public Safety, Hawaii Paroling Authority, Judiciary, Department of Health, Department of Human Services, and any other agencies assigned oversight responsibilities for offender substance abuse treatment by law or administrative order, shall establish a coordinating body through an interagency cooperative agreement to oversee the development and implementation of offender substance abuse treatment programs in the State to ensure compliance with the intent of the master plan developed under Chapter 353G.

Section 10 of Act 161, SLH 2002, specifies that:

The Department of Health shall submit an annual report to the Legislature before the convening of each Regular Session, beginning with the Regular Session of 2004, on the status and progress of the interagency cooperative agreement required under Section 2 of this Act and the effectiveness of the delivery of services thereto, and

expenditures made under this Act.

It should be noted that there are caveats to Act 161 SLH 2002, implementation.

There is no mention of a "master plan" in Chapter 353G2 as cited in Section 2 of Act 161, SLH 2002; and no funds were appropriated in Act 161. The interagency initiative to implement offender substance abuse treatment services, however, has been an on-going collaborative activity.[..]

http://gen.doh.hawaii.gov/sites/LegRpt/20091/2008_ADAD%20Annual%20Report.pdf

Those "caveats" as mentioned in several annual reports, need to be fixed first by getting a Master Plan and some funding for coordination efforts before expanding the alternative programs Hawaii provides.

Sincerely,

Mary McConnell



Source: Scientology's "NarCONon" Fake Front exposed

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