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The Holistic Sanctuary Applauds Demand from California Lawmaker for an Audit of Taxpayer-Funded Drug Rehab Programs
Date:8/30/2013

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 30, 2013

Los Angeles, CA, August 29, 2013 – The Holistic Sanctuary applauds the efforts of California legislators – Senator Ted Lieu, a Los Angels County Democrat, and Assemblyman Adam Gray, chairman of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee and a Merced Democrat – to jointly call for the review of the state’s taxpayer-funded drug rehabilitation programs. In a report from NBC News (as revealed on August 21, 2013), based on a yearlong investigation by The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) and CNN, found widespread forgery and fabrication at alcohol and drug counseling clinics, as well as wide gaps in state and county oversight.*

In the CNN/CIR report (as published on August 3, 2013), which documents abuse by one clinic operator (Alexander Ferdman), this individual allegedly spent $10,000 in clinic funds, including: $605 on a Pal Springs resort trip, $586 on a crab dinner and $108 on flowers.** The state agency responsible for policing the rehab clinics, the Department of Health Care Services, widened its crackdown this month, announcing it had temporarily suspended 46 clinics, along with 62-affiliated counseling sites -- raising its previous total of suspended clinics by 13.

CIR (as disclosed on July 29, 2013) also reports that the Los Angeles region is “ground zero for the rehab racket.”*** Based on the paper’s summary of the CIR and CNN study, California's Drug Medi-Cal "paid out $94 mi
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