No Insurance Reimbursement for Narconon

The Narconon drug rehab program is not eligible for reimbursement by most health insurers in the United States, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

United Behavioral Health, a company that administers mental health benefits for a large number of employers, HMOs, PPOs, and state and local agencies, refuses to include Narconon in its list of providers because Narconon is not accredited by JCAHO, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

You can verify this by going to the JCAHO Quality Check page and typing "Narconon" into the Organization Name search box. (For comparison, type "Wellspring" in the search box to see what an approved program looks like.)

Narconon Arrowhead is accredited by CARF, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, a second-rate outfit that is in no way equivalent to JCAHO. No other Narconon facility is accredited by anyone.

Narconon Arrowhead's accreditation by CARF was handled by William Kent McGregor, who also served on their advisory board and later joined them as staff. McGregor has also had some interesting legal problems. Here's the docket from that case.

Dave Touretzky
Last modified: Fri Jul 20 23:52:42 EDT 2012