The first draft of the bill, known as Senate Bill 122, prohibited any agency that oversees an offender from having a financial interest in a company that provides treatment to that same offender. But that version came with a hefty cost: $8.6 million a year. As written, the bill would have applied to entities such as community corrections, which includes halfway houses. Offenders living at halfway houses — as Beeck points out — are treated by in-house staff, and legislative number-crunchers figured that contracting those services out to private providers would cost the state millions per year.

Backers of the bill knew it would never pass with such a high price tag. So the group arranged a last-minute stakeholders' meeting and decided to remove community corrections from the bill; Thormodsgaard says his rationale for agreeing was that the state has no financial incentive to make money on offenders in community corrections the way that private probation companies do. Beeck wasn't invited to the meeting but says he should have been: The change reduced the cost to zero and narrowed the focus of the bill to prohibit only private probation companies from having a financial interest in a treatment company. The only such company with such an interest was his, he says.

The bill sailed through its first committee, but it hit a snag when it reached the Senate floor. All of a sudden, several supportive Republicans, including two who had signed on as co-sponsors, changed their minds. They questioned whether the conflict really existed; if it did, they asked, shouldn't community corrections be included? Some wondered aloud if the real purpose of the bill was to snuff out a low-cost competitor.

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.

"What I understand, really, is that there's a company that has been successful in being more convenient for defendants...and the rest of the monolithic industry doesn't like that competition," Senator Shawn Mitchell, a Broomfield Republican, said during the debate on the Senate floor. "What I thought yesterday was a good-government bill today seems to be a turf-protection bill."

In the end, the bill passed the Senate with 22 votes in favor and 13 opposed. Williams credits at least some of those no votes to Beeck's hiring his own lobbyist, which he did after that first hearing. The reason he waited so long, Beeck says, is because he didn't even know about the bill until the night before. He says he was tipped off by a lobbyist who offered to represent him. (He would end up hiring someone else.)

"I'm a deer in the headlights," Beeck says, describing his appearance at that first hearing. "I've never testified in front of a committee before, especially with a room full of people telling the committee what an evil person I am for doing bad things in treatment, none of which was true."

But Beeck wasn't the only one caught off guard. Unbeknownst to the treatment providers' group, Beeck had recently returned to the Division of Behavioral Health to ask if it would come up with a guideline for if or when private corrections companies could provide substance-abuse treatment. "It was our way of coming back on the scene and saying, 'It's time we do something here. We've waited; we've been patient,'" Beeck says. RMOMS had data to show that its rate of offenders completing treatment was slightly higher than the overall state rate — 3 percent higher, according to data the company gave to Westword. (The state does not track the completion rates of individual companies.) Given their success, Beeck says he felt it was appropriate to ask the division to lift the restriction on RMOMS's license and allow the company to treat its own clients.

"Their suggestion was to split into a separate company just to make it as clean as possible," says Blumer, director of treatment services.

Condojani denies that the division advised Beeck to do so — "DBH does not provide business advice," he wrote — but he acknowledges that staff met with Beeck about his plans. In February, Beeck applied for an entirely new treatment license under a new company name, 1st Alliance Treatment Services.

"We essentially agreed to not only spend all this money and go through all this internal pain of setting up a separate company," Beeck says, "but we also agreed to take the chance that we wouldn't get re-licensed."

He adds, "We took a hell of a risk at that time. And again, the theme is, we believe in what in the hell we're doing. And we put our money where our mouth is."

The treatment providers' group didn't find out that Beeck had applied for a new license until he said so during testimony.

"Dan Beeck didn't know we were running legislation, and we didn't know he'd applied for a new license," Moreau says. "It was like the perfect storm."

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Even though the bill passed the Senate, lobbyist Thormodsgaard wasn't optimistic about its chances in the House — especially since it was assigned to the Economic and Business Development Committee, a group many figured would be more likely to defend the free market than the special relationship between an addiction counselor and his patient. The hearing, which took place on March 20, was a four-hour inquisition, with many of the most skeptical questions aimed at the nine treatment providers who testified in favor of the bill.

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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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