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May 24, 2013

Santa Fe Reporter Reports on Sequoyah Adolescent Treatment Center's Downgraded Accrediation with CYFD


The Santa Fe Reporter's Joey Peters somehow obtained a letter from New Mexico's Children, Youths and Families' (CYFD) deputy secretary Jennifer Padget to Department of Health Sequoyah acting administrator Gayle Nash.  The letter outlines several violations that took place in less than a year's span.  The result of the letter is Sequoyah loses its full certification and is place on a temporary 180-day certification due to its partial compliance according to NM Administrative Code.

It is completly absurd that one state agency must downgrade the certification to a state owned facility.  Sequoyah will see more oversight from CYFD's Licensing and Certification Authority (LCA).  The object of the temporary certification is to allow the facility to come back into compliance with LCA's help.  The only problem is that LCA has already been try to work administration at Sequoyah over the past year to resolve all the non-compliance issues.   Former administrator Anita Westbrook and acting administrator Gayle Nash have thus far failed to correct the issues LCA has documented and brought to their attention.  Compliance issues arose shortly after Dr. Babak Mirin's company Healing Gardens (NM Psychiatric Services) was awarded a lucrative contract to provide psychiatric services at Sequayah.  Dr. Mirin is the acting Medical Director at the facility.


Here's the story from SFR's blog:

http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/blog-4539-state-downgrades-certification-on-key-mental-health-facility.html

What are your thoughts?  Please share below.

14 comments:

  1. In the August 2012 Memo of Concern to Anita Westbrook, signed by more than half of Sequoyah's employees, these concerns were raised. The response? Westbrook began her witch hunt to target then improperly fire those who signed, aiming first at Lea Zukowski, who Westbrook scapegoated for the memo, arguing that Zukowski "coerced" everyone to sign it. DOH's response: Renew Dr. Babak Mirin's contract. Westbrook is gone, although her evil spirit has remained in the form of her hand-picked clinical director Brenda Frink. Mirin is still there (inexplicably - perhaps the Governor's Chief of Staff can explain why), and now others brought in from Santa Fe have no clue about what is needed or how to treat employees. Half the clinical staff has left. Many milieu staff have left or are looking for other employment. A once reputable agency has been completely destroyed by a perfect storm of corruption (Mirin's contracts); arrogance and incompetence (Westbrook), an impotent union, and more corruption (Brad McGrath and HRB). What a tragedy!

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    1. Great summary! Unnecessary destruction of an important program that was intended to help the people of New Mexico. How come no one can adequately answer to why this was allowed to happen??

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    2. No one wants to answer to this because of all the "cover-up's and lies" that have been told to the employee's of the agency and to the public! Oh what a tangled wed they wove!

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  2. I hate to say it, but all this attention is coming too late. Where was CYFD last fall when they were first told about all of this stuff? How come it took them until now it issue sanctions? Dr. Mirin and company's bad behavior was stopped long ago by the couragous acts of some staff. Now, those same heros are subjected to scrutiny that is ridiculous. It wasn't the staff who chemically restrained the kids, and in fact staff who protested were shut up by either being fired, moved, or scared into submission. The report doesn't even cover the worst situations. I am glad CYFD is finally doing SOMETHING but I wish they had done something sooner.

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    1. You are are so right. And think of all the great staff that left during that time. Shame.

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  3. It has also been terribly sad to see all of the new staff come in with the expected enthusiasm and therapeutic bent, only to be very rapidly dispirited by that contemptible trickling down fear tactic. Running off the good ones is still the plan in place.

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  4. Sequoyah is being run into the ground. Staff are leaving and the administrators are out of touch with how to serve this special population. Very sad....

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  5. I heard Sequoyah is losing yet another therapist - how many does that make since Brenda Frink became clinical director - 5?

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    1. yep - one of the best therapist SATC ever had is leaving this week. Who are you going to run off next, Brenda Frink?

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  6. First Sequoyah then the entire Medicaid system. Thanks Mirin. Maybe it's time to move out of town? We know who the journal talks about when they talk about a CEO and his family members.

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    1. Mirin is going to jail.

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  7. I heard that his contract did not get renewed. At least someone got smart. Of course it is a little too late as he has ruined several of the states finest facilities thanks to Bradley's dirty contract deals.

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  8. Really???? Fifteen agencies get their funding frozen and Mirin is still billing Medicaid and making a mint off of state contracts!

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    1. How can DOH renew Mirin's lucrative contract when he is being investigated for Medicaid fraud by AG's office, but have no problem shutting down agencies for being under investigation. There is a serious problem here, folks!

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