A violation of client abuse was substantiated. The surveyor was dismayed that Best Drug Rehab did not come clean about the incident until pressed for video footage of the assault.
Narconon Freedom Center
Doing business as:
Freedom Center Rehab, Narconon Freedom Center, Narconon Freedom Treatment Center
Address: 809 W. Erie Street, Albion, MI 49017
Managed by: Narconon Freedom Center, Inc.
Registered Agent: Alan Kellman
645 Griswold, Suite 1370, Detroit, MI 48226
Instead of a nice rehabilitation center, professional health care staff and counselors, and round-the-clock medical staffing, as promised by "Joe" the intake counselor at Narconon Freedom Center, when the Plaintiff arrived, she found dilapidated facilities which were cited by the Calhoun County Health Department for violations, a single nurse, and staff who had, for the most part, been recruited from former patients who had recently completed the Narconon program and were frequently "quarantined off" because of their continued use of alcohol and illegal drugs. You must read the entire complaint to get a full picture of life at Narconon Freedom Center.
The plaintiff in this case alleges breach of contract, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and consumer fraud. Despite promises to the contrary, Narconon Freedom Center failed to acquire preauthorization for the client's stay or to provide a physical exam. Other complaints include deceptive advertising and false representations about the program's success rates.
Complaint allegations included heat not working properly, a ruptured water pipe and clients forced to clean kitchen and mold. Violation substantiated: Displayed Right of Recipients poster had inaccurate rights advisor's name and phone number.
In this case, the plaintiff's allege, breach of contract, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, consumer fraud, deceptive trade practices, among other claims. According to the Prevec family, Narconon Freedom Center's intake counselor, Donald Michalski, assured them of the program's 70% success rate. Janette Prevec was urged to make payment of $25,000 to NFC for her daughter's treatment by taking out two credit cards. Michalski assured Mrs. Prevec that she could pay off the cards when her health insurance reimbursed her for the entire cost of the program. After arriving at the center, plaintiffs met with Michalski and noticed some L. Ron Hubbard literature. When asked if the Narconon program was affiliated with Scientology, Michalski denied the connection. Additionally, the plaintiffs claim that Lauren Prevec was placed in detox without a medical assessment where her antidepressant was completely discontinued.
Complaint allegations include misdiagnosis of acne and antibiotic treatment for actual diagnosis scabies, double billing client and insurance for detox without refund to client, and improper staffing. Violations substantiated: Not in compliance with requirements for data about relapse rates after program completion, or an annual evaluation progress report with measurable goals and objectives per R325.14113.
In addition to the standard complaint of facilities delivering Scientology instead of substance abuse counseling, this lawsuit tells of a difficult withdrawal period with a visit to a hospital emergency room, poor conditions at the facility, lack of medical care, drug use by employees, and improperly cooked food which made the clients sick. The plaintiffs in this lawsuit allege breach of contract, negligence, fraud, and premises liability. Narconon Freedom Center failed to meet their duty to provide a safe environment, they claim. Among other requests, the plaintiffs seek injunctive relief in the form of an immediate suspension of the Niacin and Sauna program via a temporary restraining order.
Plaintiff's are suing for Breach of Contract, Negligence, Fraud, Premises Liability, Request for Injunctive Relief and Damages in a California federal district court with the assistance of attorney David E. Miller of the Saeed & Little firm based in Indiana. Claims and allegations include negligence causing physical illness, vomiting of blood, pain and suffering that required multiple hospitalizations during the times attending the program. As well, Ms. Tyler was forced to take the vitamins, to go back into the sauna, by threats. Ms. Tyler was put on straight non-medical withdrawal for her addiction to crack and alcohol and her anti-anxiety medicine was taken away, causing her to suffer in withdrawal while having a bad reaction to the niacin. More info on the page.
Plaintiff is suing for Breach of Contract, Negligence. Fraud Premise Liability, Breach of the Fair Labor Standards Act and Request for Injunctive Relief and Damages in a California federal district court with the assistance of attorney David E. Miller of the Saeed & Little firm based in Indiana. Claims include negligence for inadequate program,medical and addiction care for the patient who entered the program with Hepatitis C, then joining staff, relapsing and redoing the program which resulted in severe liver disease for which he is now under care. More info on the page.
Plaintiff National Association of Forensic Counselors, Inc. (NAFC) and Plaintiff American Academy of Certified Forensic Counselors, Inc. d/b/a American College of Certified Forensic Counselors (ACCFC) are issuing bodies for certifications in the rehab field, including Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor (CCDC), Master Addictions Counselor (MAC), and others. After finding that numerous Narconon and Scientology related entities and persons were (and are) using their certifications and trademarks without authorization, they have filed a lawsuit in Federal Court seeking to reclaim damages resulting from loss of reputation and money, which resulted in financial enrichment of the 82 defendants, and have asked for an injunction to prevent use in the future. The use of the trademarks implies that the individuals are certified by the Plaintiffs when in fact they are not. This case may have far reaching repercussions on other cases against Narconon.