Monday, August 29, 2005

Mental Healt Rip-Off

Louisiana’s mental health program has been wide open to fraud and abuse... and fraud and abuse is what has happened.

Now the state Dep. of Health and Hospitals has taken steps to reign in the out-of-control parts of its operations.

The operating costs of the programs have risen from $9.8 million in 1998 to $58 million in the financial year ending June 30, 2005. This is the same period when consumer groups are claiming that the standard of service actually fell.

Deputy Secretary Raymond Jetson says "There has been a tremendous growth in the number of people providing the services, and certainly there has been reason to question the quality of some of those services that have been provided."

That is a very gentle way of saying that the psych industry has been ripping off the taxpayers again.

The fraud and abuse only came to light due to a scathing report by the Advocacy Center, a New Orleans nonprofit group, which studied the operations for nearly two years. Isn’t it amazing that the state was unable to even identify, let alone rectify the problems associated with dealing with the psych industry on its own?

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