DMHAS Investigating Limo Rides Provided To Rehab Patients On Election Night

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A questionable election night limo ride in New Haven has sparked a state agency investigation.

Community activist Yul Watley rented a stretch limousine to help get voters to the polls. Watley says he drove dozens of people to election sites, including twelve female patients at Crossroads, a drug and alcohol rehab facility.

“We thought it would be a nice gesture to give them a luxury ride to the polls,” Watley said.

Controversy began after the ride was over, and according to Crossroads director Dr. Miguel Caldera, reports surfaced that alcohol was available and consumed by Crossroads patients inside the limousine.

Watley flatly denies the allegation. “There was none provided by us , no liquor in the limo.” Watley says he sat in the front of the limo while the 12 patients rode in the back.

The Department of Mental Health and Addiction services has opened an investigation into the incident. Crossroads receives state funding.

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