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Moreau began calling other counselors, who eventually decided to meet and talk about the issue. "We said, 'This does not bode well,'" Moreau says. "What we became very keen to — and this is going to sound very crass — we understood very clearly that RMOMS was calling a price war on the provider community."
Less than a week later, 43 Front Range treatment providers met at Moreau's office in Cherry Creek. Competitors under normal circumstances, they realized they'd have to band together.
And their concerns involved more than just pricing. People convicted of DUI often aren't allowed to drive or drink alcohol, and the providers worried that offenders who violated those rules wouldn't feel safe admitting it to RMOMS treatment providers. Maybe they'd gone to a summer barbecue with the intention of staying sober but hadn't been able to resist. Or maybe their ride to work fell through and they'd gotten behind the wheel. These are the types of things therapists need to know so that they can help clients identify triggers and challenges in order to overcome them, the providers say. But they're also the types of things that could get a client in trouble with his case manager.
"Clients say, 'I'm not going to talk about my personal life or open up when I might get put in jail,'" says Tammy Lovejoy-Teixeira, a counselor and owner of Horizon Counseling and Education Center in Lakewood.
The group christened itself the Treatment Providers Alliance of Colorado and made two important decisions: to hire an attorney to assist it in communicating with the Division of Behavioral Health, and to begin collecting what members called "critical incident reports," which they hoped would illustrate the burgeoning conflict of interest.
"We began to hear from our clients coming into our groups saying, 'I had the oddest meeting with my case manager, and I felt really anxious and afraid,'" Moreau says. "They would talk about being there and the case manager telling them what a no-good agency [my agency] was and how they really should come to RMOMS."
Beeck denies that RMOMS case managers ever said such things. In fact, he says, his company's treatment clients sign an agreement acknowledging that they weren't forced or coerced to enroll. "We give them the knowledge they need to have," he says, "which is, you can go anywhere, anytime you want."
But the group's reports, which it sent to the Division of Behavioral Health, say otherwise. One from June 2009 relays a client's experience with an RMOMS case manager after he signed up for counseling at a treatment provider in Aurora. That treatment provider reported that the client said his RMOMS case manager "was very upset that he had enrolled with us and told him that we were not the agency she wanted him to attend. She told him that he needed to transfer. He refused to do so and stated that he had the right to select which agency he would attend. She accused him of being disrespectful to her. She then proceeded, according to client report, to tell him that if he stayed in our agency, he would get nothing out of treatment."******
In June 2009, the Division of Behavioral Health hosted a regional meeting with substance-abuse treatment and probation providers. What was supposed to be a routine gathering turned into a referendum on RMOMS. At that point, the company had had its provisional treatment license for seven months while, in accordance with state rules, the division evaluated whether RMOMS should be granted a full one. Lea Blumer, now the director of treatment services at Beeck's 1st Alliance Treatment Services, says the meeting devolved into a "bashing session," and Beeck says his staff was "verbally abused."
Moreau remembers that most of the pointed questions were directed at the Division of Behavioral Health. How, the providers asked, could you grant RMOMS a treatment license when it presents such a clear conflict?
A Denver Post story about the meeting says that then-DBH director Janet Wood "expressed her own misgivings about the agency's decision, saying the temporary license had been approved by a staff member without enough discussion about its implications." Reporter David Olinger quoted Wood as saying, "I don't want to vilify one of my staff, who is very deeply troubled by putting the agency in this situation. We recognize there's a problem, and we're working on it."
On June 30, 2009, the division denied RMOMS a full license. A letter written by DBH staffer Marc Condojani, who is now director of community treatment and recovery programs, says RMOMS was guilty of several violations. Among them: It did not produce documentation showing that its staff was credentialed or had passed background checks, it did not select an approved curriculum for its treatment program, and it failed to document that it was screening clients for HIV and infectious disease, as required by state rules. Nor, Condojani noted, was RMOMS properly creating individual treatment plans for clients or keeping acceptable treatment notes.
However, the biggest problem, Condojani wrote, was that RMOMS was "exercising undue influence" over clients, which is against Division of Behavioral Health rules. "By obtaining a license to provide treatment services in addition to probation supervision, RMOMS maintains a dual relationship with clients...thus creating an inherent conflict," he wrote. He cited "numerous complaints" to the division "related to recruiting clients for treatment away from other programs, intimidation of clients, delays in clients receiving services, and abuse and mismanagement of clients."
RMOMS has sold this contract to Intervention in the 1st judicial district for Colorado. If you think it was bad before you have seen nothing yet. Giving UAs at the halfway house at ICCS is a nightmare. Someone should look into this before someone gets raped just trying to comply with their sentence.
These folks at RMOMS and 1st Alliance work for chump change because they either aren't qualified or have no experience at much of anything or they can't make it anywhere else.
There is only one person at RMOMS that makes any money and that's Dan Beeck. The rest are just along for the ride. The turn over there is horrible it has to be over 80% a year. Most of these folks spend their time looking for real work and real pay while "doing their job"
The real purpose of RMOMS and 1st Alliance is to collect money and issue certificates and nothing else. This is not about treatment. This is about money. Dan Beeck is not afraid to spend money to make money.
Excellent article. As an actual survivor of court ordered, privatized, "r-momed" Colorado probation, I can tell you that their are excellent opportunities for real rehab and legal success in the Denver area. I cannot speak for other parts of the state. Broadway Counseling Services treat their clients with respect and though you will likely end up reporting to RMOMS if you are convicted of AN ALCOHOL RELATED DRIVING OFFENSE, companies such as BCS can guide you along, offer affordable classes, and give a personal touch which is needed to succeed even given the harsh punishments one may be facing. Good luck
*** Disgraced former sheriff Sullivan violated probation with booze ***
Former Arapahoe County Sheriff Patrick Sullivan has violated terms of his probation, according to the Arapahoe County Probation Office.
Sullivan, who pleaded guilty in April to possession of methamphetamines and soliciting a prostitute, was sentenced to 30 days in jail and 24 months probation.
In a "special report" filed July 9, Sullivan's probation officer Hallie Miller, writes that Sullivan was required to wear a SCRAM alcohol-monitoring device under the terms of his probation.
"However, the defendant's continued violations indicate the defendant chooses to not abide by Court orders," the probation filing said.
The report went on to say that, "the above information leads the probation department to be concerned about the defendant in the community."
The probation office didn't ask that Sullivan's probation be revoked in the filings that were recently been made public.
Jail this Perverted Maggot !!
Pre-trial services OFTEN order these $$$$$ classes
LONG before a conviction and there isn't a refund should
you be found NOT GUILTY !
'Treatment' is a joke !!! They are most concerned w/ receiving their monthly fees , NOT rehabilitating !!!
We should be skeptical of private probation services. Probation management is a branch of law enforcement and people's freedom should never be subjected to for-profit non-govt schemes. Once these other counselors that sound ethical get a scent of the profits, they will want a piece of the action.
WHATS EVEN MORE F'D UP IS I HAVE BEEN ON PISS TESTS FOR EVERY DRUG KNOWN TO MAN AND ALCH FOR THE LAST 10 MONTHS!!!!! 4X PER MONTH (Randoms) AND YOU HAVE TO CALL BEFORE 11 EVERY DAY OR ELSE U MISS IF IT IS "YOUR TURN TO TEST TODAY" IF THAT ENDS UP BEING THE CASE YOU HAVE TO FIND OUT FROM YOUR PROBATION OFFICER IF YOU DO., RMOMS CANNOT TELL YOU. DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO GET A PROB OFFICER TO CALL BACK BEFORE THE NEXT DAY??? IMPOSSIBLE....THAN YOU MISS, THAN YER IN THE DOG-HOUSE. DOES IT SEEM LIKE ONE MIGHT HAVE A HARD TIME HOLDING A JOB....YEP....FUNNY THING ALSO, I HAVE NOT MISSED 1 TEST AND HAVE NOT HAD 1 POSITIVE TEST....TELL ME THEY ARE NOT TRYING TO SET ME UP FOR FAILURE!!!! I HAVE SOMEHOW MAINTAINED A JOB/PAYMENTS/PISS TESTS/PROBATION MEETINGS/ANKLE MONITOR DOWNLOADS/CLASSES/MADD PANEL AND BEING A SINGLE FATHER ALL WITHOUT A LISCENSE AND RELYING SOLELY ON PUB TRANSPORTATION........I HAVE ALL THIS TO DEAL WITH AND YES I KNOW IT'S MY FAULT BUT I WISH SOMEONE WOULD UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE SET UP TO REMAIN IN THE SYSTEM....THERE ARE NO LESS THAN 6 SEPERATE THINGS YOU MUST KEEP UP WITH OR YOU WILL REMAIN IN THE SYSTEM....THEY NEED TO HAVE 1 PERSON/AGENCY WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL OF THESE THINGS BUT THAT WILL NOT HAPPEN!
CONFLICT OF INTEREST HUH???? HOW ABOUT THE JUDGES THAT OWN A LOT OF THESE PRIVATE PROBATION COMPANIES....TELL THAT STORY!!!!!! WHAT A JOKE!
As the founder of the Sanders County Montana DUI Task force several years ago, I balked at the attitude "Penalties before Treatment" prevalent in our state as well. Instead of allowing convicted offenders to do community service in lieu of prohibitive fees for retraining prior to returning the drivers license, they raised the fees for the treatment. No exceptions. So the drunks return to the road without licenses---when will we get over the "Shame on You!" punitive approach to addictions and switch to "How can we help you?"
The first approach has not worked, giving the second a chance might...
Martha D. Humphreys
Probation is the problem. This is why, there should not be level 2 therapy =42 hours(the minimum) or more up to around 80 hours Should be 24 hours of level 1 education. for first offense. Then alot of this would not matter. The lower cost is great for poor people like me who had to stop when broke
The public needs to write the represenatives to change laws. When you find out how much it costs you can see why it needs change. Did the represenative caught drunk dirving to the fine and the time? Minimum 66. hours =33 -2 hour sessions at minimum 20.00 =660.00. then fine 850.00 or more then add50.00 a probation visit and thats 12 add lawyer its a bad system.
I am so glad someone finally decided to do a story on RMOMS. They are out of control and tried to fuck with me every step of the way. They are also clogging up the courts with their bullshit probation violations they slap everyone with.
The whole notion of private probation is a farce to begin with. If the clients are "low risk", then why do they need to be on probation in the first place? Why can't they simply do their community service and classes and or drug tests and go about their lives and be left alone by the statist's? The whole thing reeks of cronyism and back room smokey deals with corruption at the head of a never ending revenue stream. It seems no minor coincidence that the owner of RMOM's and Intervention etc,.. are former state probation officers themselves who secured very lucrative and lengthy contracts with their county friends, allies and associates..
i'd like to publish some of these comments in our print edition, ideally with your full name/town. If that's okay, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Colorado: Come for Vacation, Leave on Probation!
RMOMS was by far the easiest agency to break the rules with, the easiest agency to cheat drug and alcohol tests, the easiest to pay for but not attend and get credit for classes. What a truly rotten organization.
The real problem is that they take away the DL and then demand the person attend classes and probation and other requirements, which makes it almost an impossibility for poor people.
The whole DUI laws are a joke. It's not illegal to drive after drinking, just illegal to drive over a certain limit.
let's see, first we privatize prisons; now we privatize the gateway to prison for those unable to ante up enough scratch to deal with their addiction. let's see...what's next...um, maybe medicare? social security? public schools? environmental protection?
we're on the road to nowhere, but we can take a detour in november.
That is like the army doing their own EA on Pinon Canyon----Crooked
EA as in environmental assessment--do they tear up the land? They say no but have you ever seen a tank that does not make big deep tracks in grass and dry land??
Should the Catholic Church give for-profit court-ordered counsel to those Sodomized by Pedophile Priests ?
The bottom line for most of these places (including halfway houses, ex-inmate treatment facilites, etc) is money, not rehabilitation. They force offenders to load up on ridiculously priced classes (most of which are a joke) and when they can't pay for the classes, on top of everything else, the program kicks them out and thus the offender is violating probation/parole. I get that there are consequences and you have to "pay the piper", but there is no consideration at all given to a person's individual circumstance. The criminal justice system keeps a lot of people employed, so there is big money in keeping the cycle of incarceration, parole/probation going.
When this clown opened his operation he sent letters to a multitude of agencies trying to poach Therapists.
Their case managers are given numbers to meet. If they meet these financial numbers they are given bonuses. If they don't, they are written up. They misrepresent themselves as " probation officers " in order to intimidate first time offenders into thinking they have more power than they do.
You get what you pay for. If you want to be treated like a number and cash register, get nothing out of group, ( even though you complete your hours ), 1st Alliance ( RMOMS ) is the place for you.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS.
No, not at all. Private probation companies are in it for one thing, money... Not proper rehabilitation of their clients...
DUI 'counseling' is a joke all around. A bunch of offenders sitting in a room talking about how they got screwed over and lying about how they don't drink anymore. It's not therapy, it's punishment via 2 hours a week of utterly crushing boredom. The only people who benefit are the providers. You know what will lower DUI rates? Allowing more cab companies and expanding hours and access to public transportation and increased awareness of the penalties involved in having even one drink and getting caught driving. Recidivism rates aren't changing, they're increasing. Get a goddamn clue that your status quo knee-jerk responses don't work. DUI can have horrifying consequences, but two hours of pointless thumb twiddling a week after the fact won't change that.
The whole Damn Dui probation system needs to be re done in my opinion... I understand people just shouldnt get in trouble... but the whole probation department.. LACK of communication between departments and courts,officials etc.. is so so horrible..something needs to change with them.. just my opinion..
@fratdawgg23 Very well put . I could not agree w/ you more .
You are so correct w/ their not having ANY business in corrections or treatment.
Makes you wonder who all gets 'cut in' , when a judge orders 'classes' and the P.O. sends you to these thieves !
@ryanjohnsmith1013 I am now forced to be with RMOMS for a second time and am really trying to figure out how I am gonna manage not violating. Curious as to what my option would be for better probation? What are my rights because I dont want to be treated by RMOMS.
@anon You know what has reduced DUI rates in Arizona ? Mandatory 10 day jail sentences. Would you rather twiddle your thumbs in County ?
@kwame You can attend class wherever you would like. Transfer if you're taking classes. Your new agency will take over monitoring your treatment and RMOMS would basically answer to them ( your new agency ).
You can go wherever you want for treatment. Don't let them bully you into thinking they have power that they don't. They will back down if they are aware you know the rules. If they don't, call their bluff and ask to see the judge.
You have rights.
@ryanjohnsmith1013 oh ok. i didnt do that 1st alliance shit RMOMS just supervises. I do all testing and education and stuff elsewhere.
@BackOffImStarving ... OK ... but first Chi-Chi.