Behavioral health care provider's 700 workers told state units to close

One of Arkansas' largest behavioral health care providers told employees Tuesday that the state's plan to terminate its contracts would make remaining in operation unsustainable.

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TimberTopper says...

Just cements the old saying about honesty being the best policy.

Posted 4 July 2018, 6:05 a.m. Suggest removal

RBear says...

I was thinking about the PFH workers throughout the state and what their predicament would be. Our state desperately needs more case workers and mental health providers, but keeping one that intentionally bilked the state of millions of dollars is not an option. I don't care what PFH says in their appeal. They had SO MANY CHANCES to right the wrongs and did not.
Couple that with their entanglement in several ethics cases in our state's legislature and you have a provider who needs to exit the state as soon as possible. The bigger question is why the oversight of this provider wasn't there to catch this sooner. DHS has been a troubled agency and needs some changes itself it seems.
It now makes me wonder about one of its former employees, AR Supreme Court candidate David Sterling. We've all seen the links to JCN and the big money laundered in our state in the form of issue ads. But how clean is Sterling after having been in leadership at DHS during the time of this crisis? I think this is just another reason to say no to Sterling come the next election.

Posted 4 July 2018, 7 a.m. Suggest removal

WGT says...

Why, do people think they can get away with deceit?

Posted 4 July 2018, 7:41 a.m. Suggest removal

Nodmcm says...

WGT asks, "Why, do people think they can get away with deceit?"
Because Rusty Cranford thought he was Arkansas political royalty and thus above the law. Because all of these crooks thought they were smarter than the cops. Because all of these crooks had friends in high places who they believed would get them out of trouble. Because they believed the people are Arkansas are suckers and fools. Because they believe that piling up money is the only thing that matters in life. Note that most of these crooks, really probably all of them, claimed to be quite religious and devout and pious. At least some politicians, like Trump, don't thump their Bibles loudly.

Posted 4 July 2018, 8:43 a.m. Suggest removal

RBear says...

ROTFL @ Nodmcm. Trump doesn't thump his Bible because it has been shown he doesn't really read it or is very religious. He's conveniently religious when it's politically required.

Posted 4 July 2018, 9:49 a.m. Suggest removal

LR1955 says...

This is really sad for the patients/clients (hope there's not to long a gap in their services), for the employees about to loose their jobs, and all the hard working tax paying folks in Arkansas.

Posted 4 July 2018, 10:46 a.m. Suggest removal

FireEyes says...

RBear Any excuse to hate bash Trump, right?

Posted 4 July 2018, 12:05 p.m. Suggest removal

RBear says...

FireEyes calling like I and many others see it.

Posted 4 July 2018, 12:08 p.m. Suggest removal

Tigermule says...

Hopefully the transferred clients will get good care. Most of the Preferred Family Services clients received the professional services of physicians or nurse prationers via telemedicine. These professionals were paid competitive base salaries , plus bonuses based on volume of patients seen. Many of the telemedicine professionals will see between 30-40 clients/patients per day. This type of incentive pay plan encourages quanity over quality. Do the math based on the 8 hour workday on how much time was given to the patient.

Posted 4 July 2018, 5:51 p.m. Suggest removal

NoUserName says...

I would expect other states might take a keener interest in PFH after all this. Does not Arkansas have recourse to recover those misspent funds? Better do it before PFH goes out of business.

Posted 4 July 2018, 9:56 p.m. Suggest removal

btsculptor says...

I'd sure like to know who those state lawmakers are that Cranford bribed.

Posted 5 July 2018, 11:12 a.m. Suggest removal

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