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When RMOMS applied for a treatment license, Condojani wrote, the division thought it meant only to provide free services for indigent clients. Charging clients for treatment, he implied in his letter, was a different story. As is required, Condojani invited RMOMS to petition for a hearing "if you feel aggrieved by this decision."

That's exactly how Beeck felt. The Division of Behavioral Health "had been aware of our intention to start charging fees," he says. "So needless to say, it came as a surprise that the license was going to be revoked." Beeck hired a lawyer to fight the decision, a move that cost "six figures, out of my pocket," he says. He blamed the denial on the complaints from treatment providers, which he chalked up to worries about price, not quality of treatment.

Disputes over Division of Behavioral Health licensing decisions are rare — about one every two years. When they do happen, they're argued before an administrative-law judge. In the case of RMOMS, Beeck's lawyer faced off against the Colorado Attorney General's Office, which represented the Division of Behavioral Health. But the judge in the case never got a chance to rule. Instead, the two sides came to a settlement agreement in October 2009 that stipulated that RMOMS could no longer treat clients who were under its probation supervision. The division granted RMOMS a limited treatment license that allowed it to only treat DUI offenders being supervised by other entities. (DBH has since granted three other limited licenses, including two to private probation companies.)

Karen Moreau helped organize fellow treatment providers against RMOMS's plan to offer alcohol counseling.
Anthony Camera
Karen Moreau helped organize fellow treatment providers against RMOMS's plan to offer alcohol counseling.
Senator Suzanne Williams and Representative Brian DelGrosso sponsored a bill to prohibit private probation companies from treating offenders under their supervision.
Senator Suzanne Williams and Representative Brian DelGrosso sponsored a bill to prohibit private probation companies from treating offenders under their supervision.

Beeck agreed to the settlement because, he says, "I was spending a lot of money, and essentially, it was a huge distraction." He still wasn't convinced his license should have been denied, however, and he asked the division to come up with a single standard regarding offender supervision and treatment that would apply not only to private probation companies, but to places like halfway houses, which provide both.

"My question," he says, "was, 'If there's a conflict with us doing it, why isn't there a conflict with them doing it?'"

After the settlement agreement, the treatment providers who'd rallied against RMOMS were relieved. But the feeling didn't last long. Beeck soon expanded his treatment business — he now has thirteen locations — and the providers began to accuse him of violating the rule about not treating his own probationers.

According to Moreau, who was by then the president of the Treatment Providers Alliance of Colorado, RMOMS case managers "would call providers and they would say, 'I want you to discharge Mary Brown from your treatment because she's now going to come to RMOMS.' And we would say, 'Well, she can't come to RMOMS. There's a settlement agreement.' And they'd say, 'Well, she's not going to go to RMOMS Castle Rock; she's going to go to RMOMS Littleton.'"

The Division of Behavioral Health refused Westword's multiple requests for an interview, but Condojani agreed to answer written questions.

RMOMS did violate its limited license, he wrote: "Clients receiving treatment were also under RMOMS for probation supervision." The issue was resolved, he wrote, when RMOMS "submitted a plan of correction satisfactorily correcting the violation."

Asked about the violation, Beeck says Moreau's description is wrong. He says the issue involved a single indigent RMOMS client whom the company allowed to enroll in its free treatment program around the time the settlement agreement was reached. "The way we resolved it was to send him out...to an external treatment agency, for which I paid the bill," Beeck says. In fact, Beeck says he did the same for the sixty or seventy other indigent RMOMS offenders in the free program at the time. "These clients were being forced into this situation by the division, and it didn't feel fair to me...to just kick them out the door," Beeck says. "I wanted there to be continuity of care, and it was the right thing to do."

But a copy of the inspection report subsequently provided to Westword by the Colorado Department of Human Services reveals that RMOMS admitted a total of 22 of its indigent clients into free treatment after the settlement agreement went into effect. According to the report, when the state inspector asked RMOMS's clinical supervisor about the violation, she said "she was not aware of the final settlement agreement, and it was never communicated to her that RMOMS treatment programs could not admit RMOMS probation clients into the RMOMS indigent program." The inspection took place three months after the settlement agreement was reached.

Several treatment providers had had enough. "We just said, 'This has to get tidy. We can't keep running around like policemen,'" Moreau says. The providers in the alliance decided to attempt to pass a bill that would codify the settlement agreement. "Rather than regulations or an agreement, it would be law," Moreau explains.

One of their first steps was to hire a lobbyist: Jeff Thormodsgaard of Mendez Consulting, whose firm represents several therapy and counseling associations. Thormodsgaard found two very different lawmakers to sponsor the bill: Senator Suzanne Williams, a longtime politician and Aurora Democrat known for backing bills related to education and Native American issues, and Representative Brian DelGrosso, a relative newcomer and business-minded Loveland Republican who owns several Domino's Pizza franchises. DelGrosso did not return phone calls or e-mails for this story, but Williams says she signed on because she recognized a need to prevent the type of conflict of interest DBH cited.

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bustanut303
bustanut303

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.

8080149
8080149

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.

zackmurtaw
zackmurtaw

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

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 

*** Disgraced former sheriff  Sullivan violated probation with booze ***

 

POSTED:   08/28/2012 

 

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.

 

http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_21420232/disgraced-former-sheriff-violated-probation-booze-officials-say

 

Jail this Perverted Maggot !!

.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Pre-trial services OFTEN order these $$$$$ classes

LONG before a conviction and there isn't a refund should

you be found NOT GUILTY !

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

'Treatment' is a joke !!! They are most concerned w/ receiving their monthly fees , NOT rehabilitating !!!

fratdawgg23
fratdawgg23

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.

ryan_naus2000
ryan_naus2000

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!

ryan_naus2000
ryan_naus2000

CONFLICT OF INTEREST HUH????  HOW ABOUT THE JUDGES THAT OWN A LOT OF THESE PRIVATE PROBATION COMPANIES....TELL THAT STORY!!!!!!  WHAT A JOKE!

martyhumphreys
martyhumphreys

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

Noxon, Montana

greatwhite
greatwhite

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.

Livonia
Livonia

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.

steve1214
steve1214

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..

patricia.calhoun
patricia.calhoun moderator topcommentereditor

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 patricia.calhoun@westword.com

Jimbob
Jimbob

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.

plpllawson
plpllawson

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.

newsmom
newsmom

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.

Gma8x
Gma8x

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??

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Should the Catholic Church give for-profit court-ordered counsel to those Sodomized by Pedophile Priests ?

SeizeTheDay
SeizeTheDay

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.

ryanjohnsmith1013
ryanjohnsmith1013

 

 

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. 

 

Nick Browning
Nick Browning

No, not at all. Private probation companies are in it for one thing, money... Not proper rehabilitation of their clients...

anon
anon

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. 

Brian Haar
Brian Haar

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..

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

 @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 !

kwame
kwame

 @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.

ryanjohnsmith1013
ryanjohnsmith1013

 @anon You know what has reduced DUI rates in Arizona ? Mandatory 10 day jail sentences. Would you rather twiddle your thumbs in County ? 

ryanjohnsmith1013
ryanjohnsmith1013

 @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. 

kwame
kwame

 @ryanjohnsmith1013 oh ok. i didnt do that 1st alliance shit RMOMS just supervises. I do all testing and education and stuff elsewhere.

 

 
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