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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 […]

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As rehab operators fight to reopen clinics, criminal pasts come to light

Steven Proshak was naked and furious when police arrived at his North Hollywood home. His girlfriend, who had called 911 for help, was slumped on the floor. Proshak yelled expletives at the officers. He told them to get “out of my house” and made obscene threats, court records say. A Los Angeles jury convicted Proshak […]

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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 […]