Former clients say Tahlequah work camp offers no counseling for people battling addiction

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By Brianna Bailey Staff Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com TAHLEQUAH — A court-sanctioned program where some clients work gutting chickens claims on its taxes to have spent thousands of dollars on counseling programs last year, but former participants say it offers little help for addiction outside of 12-step meetings and forced church attendance. The Tahlequah-based DARP Foundation claims on its most recent publicly available tax forms to have spent $42,000 on counseling programs from August 2015 to July 2016 and $3,300 for education. Two class-action lawsuits filed against DARP within the last month, including one filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, claim DARP offers no therapy and forces clients to work as much as 14 hours a day gutting chickens...

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