I then, connected with Jeremiah Daley to continue this discussion and introduce the justice system and it's potential involvement. Jeremiah is the Executive Director of Liberty Mid Atlantic High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).
Continuing the conversation, I was fortunate to connect with the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programming, Ellen DiDomenico for a discussing from DDAP's vantage.
I also was able to connect with Gary Tennis, the President of The National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws (NAMSDL), to be able to ask regarding intricacies of treatment from the law making side of things. Very insightful conversation.
Again, paralleling my career, the next major accreditor I came across in my work history was JCAHO, renamed The Joint Commission. I reached out and was fortunate enough to connect with Julia Finken the Executive Director of Behavioral Health Care for The Joint Commission.
Granted, the questions, and responses had to go through their marketing/media team; still insightful nonetheless.
So, in parallel with my work experience, the first accreditor I chose to have a conversation with was CARF. Was fortunate enough to connect with Michael Johnson, the Managing Director of Behavioral Health at CARF. We discussed CARF's role in treatment accreditation, and even had the opportunity to directly inquire regarding CARF and its role in a facility actively under investigation or under scrutiny for fraud that was accredited by them.
After much contemplation, deliberation, and further strategic thought; I decided it would be integral to have a full perspective image on this industry by inviting members of accreditation along with organizations that influence law makers to gain a better understanding from their vantage; further to be able to present to the public.
Continuing with this theme, I wanted to bring on one of my mentors who has been in the field of addiction and recovery for the past 20 years serving the greater Philadelphia area to gain insight on what he has seen, as far as the trajectory of "treatment models."
For more information on Dr. Frank and his practice:
From how I was raised, and what I have learned along the way, it's always important to identify those that came before you. If you have not already, please consider viewing The Business of Recovery:
First interview was with the producer of the film Greg Horvath:
Prior to relaying additional insights to my now biased perspective; it's important that we all consider the following:
1. Why are these facilities so vastly unregulated?
2. How are these facilities able to maintain licensure?
3. How are these facilities able to establish, maintain, and pursue with accreditors like JCAHO, CARF, Shatterproof even when limelight is shown on them?
4. Who is watching the watcher?
5. Where does the corruption go?
6. Does it get political?
7. Are privatized jails pushing lobbyists to then communicate with congress on treatment?
8. Are the Sackler's pushing for lobbyists, jails and treatment as well?
9. What is the end game here?
10. Is anyone looking at the cost/benefit here, or doing any analysis on the cost of treatment, vs the cost of an inmate; further comparing and contrasting the revenue cycles of a treatment center vs a private jail?
In a series of audio interviews that were conducted over the last 3-5 years, we will interview folks from various realms to try to gain some more insight. These interviews, were originally part of an anonymous podcast, provoked more inquiries, which provoked more interviews. The cycle went on and on....
It’s amazing to me to witness people become so infatuated with their incoming salary. That Façade of wealth followed by addiction to all that brings, Often ends up illuminating a devilish side that create nothing but Evil genius continuing the maddening cycle deceit lies and corruption fraud Solely to keep the momentum going keeping true to being 100% mindless to the physical emotional and mental bankruptcy created within society
Often these addiction treatment center publicize that they act as a microcosm of the world and actuality they simultaneously create a microcosm within a microcosm of devilish greed