Mohammad Safi, a graduate of a medical school in Afghanistan, began working as a psychiatrist at a California mental hospital in 2006, making $90,682 in his first six months. Last year, he took home $822,302, all of it paid by taxpayers.Maybe he overdid it:
Safi benefited from what amounted to a bidding war after a federal court forced the state to improve inmate care. The prisons raised pay to lure psychiatrists, the mental health department followed suit to keep employees, and costs soared. Last year, 16 California psychiatrists, including Safi, made more than $400,000, while only one did in the other 11 most populous states, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. ...
Safi’s compensation was almost five times as much as Governor Jerry Brown’s last year. The psychiatrist was paid for an average of almost 17 hours each day, including on-call time, Saturdays and Sundays, ... “I made so much because I work a lot,” Safi said in a bri ef interview at his Newark, California, home.
After raking in half a million dollars for being "on call," California's top paid public employee of 2011 -- a prison psychiatrist from Newark -- has been suspended with pay for allegedly falsifying time records, officials said Tuesday.As usual, there are many things wrong with this story. First, don't we have enough Jews to do this work, instead of importing Afghan shrinks? Second, why do we need Bloomberg to blow the whistle on this? Third, I doubt that the Afghan medical schools even teach the quack psychiatry we have in the USA. Okay, maybe that is an advantage. Fourth, federal judges should not be telling California how to run prisons. Fifth, how is having an Afghan shrink on call to a prison going to do anyone any good?
If the federal judges really want to do something about civil rights in California, they should start with the law-abiding dads who are being punished by not seeing their kids. Maybe the feds could send us some Afghan shrinks to do some family court evaluations, and order all the moms to shut up and wear hijabs and burqas. It probably wouldn't be any worse than the Jewish, gay, and female shrinks we have now.
Update: Here is more from Bloomberg.