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Leader of treatment center faces drug, alcohol charges

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Kenneth Baker was arrested by TWRA during an incident at Percy Priest Lake. (WSMV) Kenneth Baker was arrested by TWRA during an incident at Percy Priest Lake. (WSMV)
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The head of a company that counseled people with drug and alcohol problems is now facing drug and alcohol charges himself.

Kenneth Baker, the leader of Behavioral Treatment Providers, will no longer have clients referred from Davidson County’s General Sessions Courts, after being charged with boating under the influence.

BTP is a private company that treated clients referred from General Sessions Drug Court.

That’s the same court that the Channel 4 I-Team has been investigating since January. The drug court had been overseen by former judge Casey Moreland, who resigned amid our investigation.

The drug court sends defendants to private contractors for treatment.

Baker was arrested by TWRA during an incident at Percy Priest Lake.

The officer said in his statement that Baker had drug paraphernalia, admitted to smoking marijuana,  had liquor bottles and kept making statements that didn't make sense.

The officer said Baker exposed himself to women in a cove and that children were present.

Two days later, on Monday morning, the administrator of general sessions court severed the court’s relationship with BTP.

Baker, reached by phone, wasn't answering questions, referring us to his criminal defense attorney.

The I-Team had already been working on an investigation into Behavioral Treatment Providers.

Some clients weren't happy with the services they'd been provided.

Wayne Remeny was sent to BTP and Baker as part of a DUI sentence. He said he was promised scholarship money, but never got it, and ended up paying $440 for counseling.

"Really it's a cash cow for Kenny Baker," Remeny said.

"This man is not about helping people out, it's about milking the system. Abuse of power," Remeny added.

Remeny also questioned the validity of the drug testing, and showed the I-Team a photo he took in the bathroom.

The photo shows a paper sign above the toilet marked “please leave drug screens here.” Remeny said that’s a problem, because there is no chain of custody for the samples.

"If there is none, there is no validity to the test," Remeny said.

The court administrator says all of the client who were with Behavioral Treatment Providers will now be transferred to another provider.

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