In a recent article in The Long Island Advance, COO John Haley of Seafield Center stated, “We plan to be a good neighbor.” The concerned citizens of Blue Point challenge Mr. Haley on this statement.
While researching Seafield and its operations on Long Island, the BPCC uncovered some alarming facts. For example, in 2001, New York State recovered $2.3M in a settlement against Seafield for overbilling of tax payers. An investigation showed that Seafield billed for services not provided or they were reimbursed for services at a rate higher than what they were entitled. Bilking New York State taxpayers of $2.3M is not “being a good neighbor.” (For more information regarding this settlement, visit https://ag.ny.gov/press-release/attorney-general-recovers-23-million-settlement-long-island-substance-abuse-treatment.)
Additionally, the FAQ page on Seafield’s own website encourages family members to pick up patients from rehab, including ones that have been removed for lack of payment, failure to stay sober, or any violation of rules. They state a bus to the nearest train station could be provided, but personal accounts and reviews of Seafield indicate that this is not always provided. This amounts to Seafield returning patients and addicts who have not completed their treatment back to the streets of Blue Point, Sayville, Ronkonkoma, and/or Patchogue with no transition plan or accommodations. This is not the type of neighbor we want in our community.
And lastly, the BPCC questions how effective Seafield’s treatment programs really are. In the same Long Island Advance article, Mr. Haley stated, “A typical stay at this rehab center is 19 days, depending on insurance.” The National Institute on Drug Abuse states, “Research indicates that most addicted individuals need at least three months in treatment to significantly reduce or stop their drug use and that the best outcomes occur with longer durations of treatment.” The Blue Point community questions if Seafield really would be a good neighbor or just a revolving-door profit center collecting insurance payments on its patients every 19 days. (For more information on The National Institute on Drug Abuse, visit: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/principles-effective-treatment)