Former mental health care provider, Seasons of Hope, LLC, continues to fight to get its provider license back. In the meantime the CEO and the company have filed for bankruptcy.
The attorney for Dr. Heath Sommer let KPVI News 6 know that Seasons of Health, LLC and Heath Sommer have both filed for bankruptcy.
In a statement sent Tuesday Dr. Sommer said, "Today Seasons of Hope and all of its affiliated business entities are closed. We wish to thank our former employees, colleagues, friends, and families for their support through this tragedy. We know that there has been considerable unemployment, financial hardship, and pain for all involved, including for Season's former owner, family, and managing staff. No one should have to face governmental abuse of power, but it happens. That does not change the fact that we still live in the greatest nation in the history of world, and that we can look to God and the future with optimism and a sense of renewed vision. In the beginning our business was about hope, and hope cannot be destroyed, just reinvented."
This all started last Spring when the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare alleged fraudulent practices by Seasons of Hope and rescinded the company's provider license. That shut down eight office locations in eastern and southern Idaho. The case was heard retired district judge Peter McDermott. In his ruling, McDermott greatly reduced the penalties and granted Seasons of Hope its license back.
After the ruling Health and Welfare appealed saying that McDermott had overreached his authority.
The Director of Health and Welfare is now hearing that appeal. All of the briefs in the case have been filed but no decision has been made.
In September Seasons of Hope has also filed a notice of tort claim against Health and Welfare for 12 million dollars.