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Medi-Cal agency to overhaul drug rehab program after critical audit

California’s Medi-Cal agency is launching an overhaul of its drug rehabilitation program in light of a damning internal audit that spotlights ham-handed oversight and confirms many findings of a yearlong investigation by The Center for Investigative Reporting and CNN. The Department of Health Care Services pledged a multitude of changes in a report to the

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Governor’s budget proposes funding to improve Drug Medi-Cal oversight

Gov. Jerry Brown, seen in 2013.Beck Diefenbach/Associated Press Gov. Jerry Brown wants to add some firepower to the crackdown on fraud in California’s drug and alcohol rehabilitation program for the poor. The governor’s budget proposal for the next fiscal year, officially announced today, includes $2.2 million for 21 new positions to help health officials with

Jan 10, 2014
Health Care

Rehab clinics cut off for questionable billing still reaped federal funds

The offices of Goretti Health Services were in this building in Lawndale, Calif. The drug rehabilitation clinic's Drug Medi-Cal contract was canceled in 2008, but it kept itself afloat with a second taxpayer-funded program, receiving 0,000 in federal Access to Recovery grants.Richard Hartog/For The Center for Investigative Reporting Days after a Los Angeles County inspector

Nov 6, 2013
Criminal Justice

L.A. County audit finds failures in oversight of drug rehab clinics

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors commissioned the report looking into taxpayer-funded drug rehab clinics. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky offered the resolution calling for the audit.Alex J. Berliner/ABImages via AP Los Angeles County authorities have let problem drug rehabilitation providers run away with millions of dollars in public money and failed to follow through on

Oct 22, 2013
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