Youth’s Death Raises Questions about Unlicensed Social Worker
Chase Beh’s parents turned to drug counselor Kimberly Even to help their 20-year-old son overcome his addiction to heroin, according to this article in the Chicago Tribune.
However, Beh died from an overdose in 2009 and it was found Even was not licensed to be a drug counselor in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation in 2009 had also fined her $10,000 for practicing unlicensed social work.
After Beh’s death Even continued to identify herself as a licensed clinical social worker and certified alcohol and drug counselor and see clients, the article said.
Authorities eventually closed her North Shore clinic.
Even, 47, is now in jail, charged with depositing $75,000 in insurance company checks made out to a client’s father.
Beh’s mother said there should be a law in Illinois to make it criminal for a person to falsely claim they are a drug counselor.
“I can’t imagine how she could have been in practice and no one looked into her credentials,” Christine Beh said. “I think what she did was unconscionable. It’s a betrayal that I just think is unbelievable.”
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