Records Request Fulfilled: Michigan Attorney General releases complaints

In the fall of 2013, Narconon Reviews submitted a FOIA request to the Michigan Attorney General’s office for any complaints filed against Best Drug Rehab, A Forever Recovery, Narconon Freedom Center and Tranquility Detox.

Unfortunately, fulfilling the request was going to be expensive. After some initial correspondence with the Michigan AG’s FOIA Department,  and settling on a two-year time frame for the records to cover, the bill for the retrieval, review, examination, redaction, photocopying and shipment of the records came to $696.43. The cost was a tad prohibitive for a few volunteers with no outside funding.

Fortunately, a very generous donor, who wants to remain anonymous, emerged to pay for the records. As a result, 33 formal complaints with the Michigan Attorney General are now available on Narconon Reviews that were previously unavailable on the Internet.

Narconon watchers will recognize the familiar allegations of questionable treatment, fraudulent insurance billing practices, deceptive client recruitment tactics and dishonesty about the Narconon-Scientology connection. These are similar to complaints found elsewhere. Conversely, and as far as we know unique to Per Wickstrom’s Michigan rehabs, are complaints that mention abusive handing of clients by Nation of Islam members.

In only a few cases, the Michigan Attorney General Department’s response was included in the records and primarily when the complainant was referred to another agency.

Here’s hoping a larger investigation is at hand.

In fact, we were not the only ones who wanted information about Per Wickstrom’s facilities in Michigan. As part of the fulfillment of our request, we received these additional clues:

Attentive readers will recall that the indomitable Miss Fortune did a series of posts about Per Wickstrom’s attempts to open an expansion of Best Drug Rehab, called Best Choice Rehabilitation, in Marne, Michigan:

It appears that the Wright Township had done their homework and Per’s proposed expansion was denied. Unfortunately, Per wanted to fight.

Miss Fortune, Narconon Reviews would like to hear if there’s any news about the appeal, when you get time, of course. We know you’ve been busy with the fallout for Per Wickstrom and friends from the NAFC Lawsuit over the fraudulent use of Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor (CCDC) certs and trademarks.

For additional information about the Michigan Freedom of Information Act, there is a pamphlet available. See MICHIGAN’S FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT.


And now, without further ado, here’s the list of documents we’ve just added to the site.

Complaints to the Michigan Attorney General:

Narconon Survey Responses

Narconon Lawsuits


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  1. From the Desk of...
    Luke Warmwater

    Congratulations on the outstanding catch!

    I haven’t had time to review all of the material but the PDFs I looked at are machine-readable/searchable.

    Excellent!

  2. AnonLover From the Desk of...
    AnonLover

    Wow. Props to the generous donor who made this possible.. What a wonderful thing to do for the greater good. /bows

  3. Mary McConnell From the Desk of...
    Mary McConnell

    fantastic article and documents! Will take me some time to get through them but I really want to thank Narconon Reviews and the private donor for going over the top in obtaining these!

    • Kelly From the Desk of...
      Kelly

      Thanks, Mary. We were fortunate to receive the donation. It doesn’t get any easier reading these complaints. They are egregious.

  4. From the Desk of...
    Marta

    Beautiful work. Congrats to all!

  5. 10oriocookies From the Desk of...
    10oriocookies

    This is excellent!!! Thanks to the donor and Narconon Reviews.

    • From the Desk of...
      Luke Warmwater

      And many thanks to you for your contributions to the NAFC Lawsuit project!

    • Kelly From the Desk of...
      Kelly

      Thanks, 10oriocookies. It’s definitely a team effort here. We appreciate your contributions to the site as well.

    • Ann From the Desk of...
      Ann

      And thanks to you for all the efforts you made to tell NAFC what Narconon was doing to them! I’ve been keeping a running tally of articles about that here: National Association of Forensic Counselors Sues Narconon and Church of Scientology.

      Next we’ll have to get to work on CARF!

      • Kelly From the Desk of...
        Kelly

        Hopefully, something besides a form letter will be received in response.

      • From the Desk of...
        xenubarb

        SAMHSA recommends drug rehabs approved by the state. I just went to their web site and typed in ‘NARCONON.’ This time, got no results back!

        However, if you go to ADP.CA.GOV (alcohol drug programs) and type in Narconon several links come up, which gives the impression California endorses them.

        • Kelly From the Desk of...
          Kelly

          Interesting! Narconon was previously listed on the SAMHSA site. I think if you do a search by location they are still listed 🙁 It does seems like the states take longer to react.

  6. From the Desk of...
    Matthew

    Good to see this information getting the attention it deserves. Hats off to those who worked to make these documents available to we concerned citizens.

    • Kelly From the Desk of...
      Kelly

      Thanks, Matthew. Maybe a few folks will avoid the same experiences by reading these complaints.

  7. From the Desk of...
    sherri

    My husband entered the Best Drug Rehabilitation on the premise it was a Native American faith based center. This is NO place for anyone much less a Native American. I will gladly share his experience in this hell hole with anyone who inquires.

    • Ann From the Desk of...
      Ann

      Hi sherri, we’d be happy to include your husband’s story here on Narconon Reviews if you’d like. Best Drug Rehab presents itself as all things to all people, when, in truth, it should be nothing to any people. Get in touch with us through our contact form, if you’d like to tell the story.

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