Narconon site head, some staff lose certification - 2013-03-12
The CEO of the Narconon Arrowhead drug rehab facility in eastern Oklahoma and several other employees have been decertified. KJRH-TV in Tulsa reports the National Association of Forensic Counselors confirmed to The Associated Press on Saturday that CEO Gary Smith and other Narconon workers' counselor certifications had been removed. An association officials said Smith and the staff members would not be able to recertify because their certifications were revoked rather than suspended. But John Bitinas, public relations officer for Narconon Arrowhead, told KJRH: "The CCDC (Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor) certification issued by the NAFC, (National Association of Forensic Counselors) which was formerly known as the NBAE (National Board of Addiction Examiners) is not required by the State of Oklahoma and never has been. "Therefore the status of this credential should have no legal bearing whatsoever on Narconon's operation."