Webster County requested state auditor involvement with CFR

Supervisors are looking at billing, insurance information

One week after Webster County cancelled its agreement for services with Community and Family Resources, the county has offered more information.

The county had contracted with CFR to take in patients for detox and substance abuse treatment, including involuntary committals.

That agreement was revoked with little explanation on July 17.

“We have been working with CFR for the last six weeks prior to this being on our agenda, attempting to receive billing and insurance information,” Webster County Supervisor Mark Campbell said. “At the request of our county auditor, the state auditor has been brought in.

“Termination of our CFR contract was done with the guidance of our county attorney,” he said.

“There has been no interruption of services,” Campbell continued. “CFR is a vendor the county has the option to use. At this time CFR has not contacted the county to discuss a new agreement.”

CFR Executive Director Michelle De La Riva later told The Messenger, “The county has not contacted CFR about a new agreement either, but CFR is open to discussion.

“We can confirm that the state auditor has contacted CFR about an audit of the county,” she said, “but per the auditor’s instructions, we cannot discuss it.”

Last week, De La Riva said CFR didn’t know the change in the agreement was coming.

Campbell said at the time the supervisors were prepared to sit down and renegotiate an agreement which could include CFR once again.

CFR takes in people from all across the state, and has agreements with at least 40 counties, De La Riva said.