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State suspends 16 Medi-Cal drug centers
San Diego Union-Tribune

State officials are temporarily suspending 16 California alcohol and drug treatment centers suspected of violating health care laws – from hiring people who were convicted of abusing patients to bilking Medi-Cal for services they never performed.

Department of Health Care Services Director Toby Douglas said Thursday he is referring the centers to the state Department of Justice for further investigation. Douglas oversees Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid health insurance program for the poor.