Target: California Department of Health Care Services
Goal: Suspend and punish rehabilitation centers for falsifying rehab sessions and clients in order to collect extra money from the government
A recent undercover investigation has revealed that So Cal Health Services and the Pomona Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center, two rehabilitation centers in Southern California, have been falsifying information to make a profit off of government funds. Suspicions and questionable documents have been noted in and around Los Angeles for over a year, and 16 clinics were recently put under investigation for fraud. It is believed that there are many more such fraudulent rehabilitation centers in Southern California.
Many of the clients and rehab sessions the clinics documented were imaginary; the clients were either made up or non-addicts convinced to pose as rehab clients through promises of food, cigarettes, or cash. It has been estimated that around a third of the children at the aforementioned rehab centers had no form of addiction problem. The clinics earn between $31 and $75 per child per “rehab session” that they document and bill the government for.
Sign this petition to help condemn the clinics’ fraudulent activity, and urge the California Department of Health Care Services to tighten surveillance on rehabilitation centers and to suspend and fine these fraudulent clinics for their wrongdoing.
To the California Department of Health Services:
I have recently heard of the fraud going on in Southern California where rehab centers claim non-addicts or imaginary people as clients who attend their rehab sessions in order to collect money from the government. About one third of the clients are not addicts, and a large percentage of all “rehab sessions” do not even take place.
This is a terribly dishonest act that takes advantage of taxpayers’ money without giving any benefit to the society. I believe that these rehab centers should be suspended immediately and punished for their misdeeds.
In addition, rehab clinic oversight should be prioritized in order to prevent similar things from happening in the future.
[Your Name Here]
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