Former State Doctor Faces Indefinite Medical License Suspension

By John S. Adams, Montana Free Press

Disciplinary actions against the former medical director of the state-run Montana Chemical Dependency Center in Butte are taking another step forward now that he has failed to defend himself against drug abuse charges leveled last fall. Dr. Mark Jay Catalanello’s medical license was temporarily suspended in September when he was still director of MCDC.

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Isolation Nation

While some U.S. states are reforming solitary confinement laws, in Montana, secluding inmates is still a reality. Editor’s note: This report was produced in collaboration with Outlaw Partners and appears in the Winter 2015/2016 edition of Mountain Outlaw magazine.

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More details on suspended MCDC Doc

Montana Public Radio news director Eric Whitney interviewed me at length Tuesday about my recent report on the suspended state doctor accused of illegal drug use. Last week the Montana Board of Medical Examiners suspended the medical license of Dr. Mark Jay Catalanello for the second time after he allegedly violated the terms of a chemical dependency treatment contract.

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