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Started by Recusant, October 04, 2017, 08:23:00 PM
QuoteBrandon Spurgin was working in the chicken plants one night in 2014 when a metal door crashed down on his head, damaging his spine and leaving him with chronic pain, according to medical records. CAAIR [Christian Alcoholics & Addicts In Recovery] filed for workers' compensation on his behalf and took the $4,500 in insurance payments. Spurgin said he got nothing.Janet Wilkerson [CEO and founder of CAAIR] acknowledged that's standard practice."That's fraudulent behavior," said Eddie Walker, a former judge with the Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission. He said workers' comp payments are required to go to the injured worker. "What's being done is clearly inappropriate."Three years later, Spurgin's still in pain and can no longer hold a full-time job.In addition to injuries, some men at CAAIR experience serious drug withdrawal, seizures and mental health crises, according to former employees. But the program doesn't employ trained medical staff and prohibits psychiatric medicine.A judge in Tulsa sent Donald Basford to CAAIR in 2014 despite a documented history of severe mental health problems. The 36-year-old quickly unraveled, repeatedly complaining to staffers that he was "losing it" without his medication, Snyder, the former employee, recalled.Basford ran away and was found dead inside a car in a church parking lot a few weeks later, according to an autopsy report. Medical examiners found no drugs in his badly decomposed body and weren't able to determine Basford's cause of death.Other CAAIR men who had mental breakdowns or manic episodes were kicked out, according to former employees, opening the door for them to be sent to prison.[Continues . . .]