Take Two for July 30, 2013

Report: California rehab centers commit fraud for state funding

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Addiction counselor Tamara Askew says that when she worked at Pride Health Services, her clients included people in jail and one who was dead.

Rehab centers are supposed to be places where those struggling with addiction to drugs and alcohol can get help. A new report from CNN and the Center for Investigative Reporting, however, finds several unsettling instances of fraud at rehab centers.

These centers assign diagnoses for patients that don't actually have any addiction issues, invent 'ghost patients' that don't actually exist yet bring funding to the clinic to treat these 'patients', and lure healthy people to the center while trying to convince the patients that they need treatment even if they do not.

Many of these centers are located in Southern California, and received over $94 million in state funding the last two years. Will Evans of The Center for Investigative Reporting is reporting on the story, and joins the show with more.


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