WHERE’S WALDO?  WHERE ARE THE ‘STAFF’ TREATING ADDICTS?

Where are the ‘staff’ treating addicts in licensed facilities in Newport Beach?  From the
listing of rehabs homes in Newport (see left at "List of Newport Rehabs"), it appears there
are NO STAFF at 21 of the 24 properties licensed.  There can’t be, or they would violate
occupancy restrictions!   How can that be?  The Fire Marshal’s ‘Fire Inspection Report’
set total occupancy at each property.  Yet, 88% of rehabs use the total occupancy as
their ‘bed capacity’ or ‘treatment capacity’.  So where are the staff?  Who’s providing
treatment if there is no staff?  And if they are treating addicts at another location, then NO
ONE supervises these houses?  This is even more alarming!  An ADP state dept official,
Mr. David Feinberg, confirmed 90% of addicts in these homes hold ‘criminal-convictions’!  
So why are 21/24 or 88% of facilities completely UNSTAFFED?  88% of all licensed rehab
homes in Newport are unstaffed, and contain 90% criminally convicted addicts?  Think
about it…..   Just who IS running this circus in Newport?  It appears foolhardy, at best,
(criminally negligent, as worst) for Newport officials to allow these homes to continue
operating A SINGLE DAY MORE without appropriate staffing, particularly in light of the
overwhelming percentage of addicts holding criminal convictions.

    RECOMMENDATION: REDUCE ‘CLIENT CAPACITY’ TO INCLUDE ‘TRUE STAFF
    NUMBERS’ (BASED ON OFFICIAL ADP DOCUMENTS) AND REISSUE ALL ‘FIRE
    INSPECTION REPORTS’.  REQUIRE PERIODIC FIRE MARSHAL INSPECTIONS OF
    ALL FACILITIES TO ASSURE COMPLIANCE.

    City Fire Marshal should immediately contact Calif. Dept. of Alcohol and Drug
    Programs (ADP) and request ADP’s ‘file copy’ of the staffing report/list submitted by
    each of the rehab operators.  Each rehab operator made an official statement of
    staffing (numbers and names) to obtain their current state license (or renewal) from
    ADP.  That report, an official document of the state, should be used to adjust each
    property’s ‘client capacity’ DOWN to accurately and safely include the staff number
    filed officially with ADP.


STAFFING DECEPTION & OVER OCCUPANCY DANGER

We can assure you, when rehab operators apply for, or renew, a license with California's
Dept. of Alcohol & Drug Programs (ADP) they MUST include a Staffing Report.  There is a
disconnect between what the Fire Marshal is being told by these operators regarding
occupancy & staff, and what they are submitting in their application to obtain/renew state
licensure from ADP.  

For example, Narconon Inc., at 1810 W. Oceanfront, received an approved Fire
Inspection Report for 27 occupancy for their 2004 renewal.  Yet, they ALSO submitted a
staff list of 29 full time staff to ADP for a renewal license, at the very same time!  How can
they have had a total occupancy of 27, with a staff of 29?  That means they were over-
occupancy by 2 staff, and treating NO addicts?  Do you really believe that?  Or, are these
operators telling the Fire Marshal one thing, telling the state ADP another, and violating
both requirements?  It is evident that rehab operators are attempting to place as many
‘clients’ in a facility (and ignore necessary staffing numbers) in a blatant attempt to
undermine and violate the occupancy established by the Fire Marshal.  Why?  To make
as much money as possible.  These actions endanger not only these properties, but
adjoining and neighboring ones as well.  

    RECOMMENDATION:  REQUIRE AN ADP ‘STAFFING REPORT’ PRIOR TO
    APPROVAL OF ‘FIRE INSPECTION REPORT’

    Fact: Each new and renewing (2 yrs.) rehab operator must get an approved ‘Fire
    Inspection Report’ from the city’s Fire Marshal.  The approval of a “Fire Inspection
    Report” should only be completed when a rehab operator includes the ‘Staffing
    Report’ to be submitted to ADP.  The Fire Marshal should attached the ‘Staffing
    Report’ TO the ‘Fire Inspection Report’ and confirm with ADP that such combined
    paperwork was, indeed, submitted by the rehab operator.  The Fire Marshal must
    verify and assure that the rehab operator did NOT change (or remove) this
    combined paperwork when it was submitted to ADP.

YES, the city has a right to enforce ‘local use’ provisions.  Neither ADP policy
(nor ‘handicapped discrimination’ threats) should deter local city authorities
from using and enforcing their full local zoning authority.
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