MENTAL HEALTH MASQUERADE

ARIZONA SET OUT TO CREATE THE BEST MENTAL-HEALTH-CARE SYSTEM MONEY COULD BUY. IT ENDED UP WITH A PROGRAM AS DYSFUNCTIONAL AS THE PEOPLE IT SERVES.

Last December 2, a judge sentenced Reagan to four years in the Arizona Department of Corrections. She won't be eligible for parole until mid-1996.

"Listen, I'm the one that screwed up," Reagan says in a phone interview from prison, "but I was kicking butt, trying the hardest I've ever tried to do good. Losing my therapist was like a punch in the face. ComCare was getting paid to help me, but they didn't give a shit about me."

Reagan's grievance about the way ComCare treated her is still inching its way through the system.

Bob Campbell is looking for a new job. He says he spoke to an FBI agent last week about ComCare. He went to the feds, he says, because there was nowhere else to turn.

"We've got things nailed in our area of the world," Campbell says, forgetting for a moment that he's no longer part of the "we."

"ComCare rules."
Next week: The Office of the Court Monitor.

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