Did NJEA consultant steer teachers to a shoddy Florida rehab center?

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 09:23:07 PM. Some New Jersey teachers say they were essentially trapped in a Florida rehab facility while their health insurance was billed thousands, according to an investigation by STAT and the Boston Globe.
Some New Jersey teachers with addiction and mental health problems were sent to a rundown rehab facility in Florida with questionable treatment practices after turning to the state's largest teachers union for help, according to a report. A joint investigation by STAT and the Boston Globe published Friday found the New Jersey Education Association, which represents the majority of the state's teachers, referred some of its members to a healthcare consultant who sent them to the Florida rehab center touted as a "spa for teachers." The teachers and union members interviewed said the Recovery Institute of South Florida was a dirty rehab facility with inadequate care, the report said. Some of the patients said they were pressured to stay at the facility for a full two months to maximize the bills to their health insurance before they could get a letter saying they could return to work in New Jersey school districts. Murphy gets hero's welcome at NJEA convention Officials of Recovery Institute of South Florida, which has facilities in Davie and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., declined to answer questions about the allegations, the report said. Some of the patients said they were directed to the Florida rehab center after the NJEA referred them to a healthcare consultant who praised the facility, the report said. They were not told the consultant was also the owner of the Recovery Institute of South Florida. NJEA officials told NJ Advance Media Friday that it no longer refers members to the...Read more
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