CEASE & DESIST: Action Taken Against Unlicensed Counselor

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The state is taking action against a substance abuse counselor treating people with no clinical experience and no license.

A Channel 13 story in January showed how Nathan Hardage operated a substance abuse treatment program out of his home in Lee’s Summit, MO.

“Yeah, there are people who are skeptical.  I`ve been accused of being a drug dealer,  I`ve been accused of being a fraud and all that kind of stuff,” Hardage said back in January.

Watch the original investigation

As a result of our investigation, the state is taking action against him.

At least two of his clients were from Iowa, where it is illegal to offer substance abuse treatment without a license.

As a result, the state is demanding Hardage cease and desist operations in Iowa. If he refuses, the state could prosecute him criminally.

Hardage says he’s not planning to work with any more patients from Iowa.