- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 31, 2005

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Pennsylvania psychologist, who counsels people who want to change their homosexual orientation, has been removed from an advisory board for the nation’s largest managed-care behavioral health company.

Grove City College psychology professor Warren Throckmorton said yesterday that he would like to be reinstated to the National Provider Advisory Council for Magellan Health Services, a Farmington, Conn.-based company that has offices in Columbia, Md.

Mr. Throckmorton, who served on the council from 1999 until earlier this year, said the company’s action demonstrates an “insensitivity” to counselors such as him and their patients.

“I believe people have the right to pursue heterosexual affirming therapy if they want to do that,” Mr. Throckmorton said.

Magellan spokeswoman Erin Somers said Mr. Throckmorton was removed from the board because controversy surrounding his views would be a distraction.

Miss Somers said the company supports Mr. Throckmorton’s “right to express his views and we hope he supports our right to make a business decision that is in the best interest of our organization.”

Miss Somers said the decision did not affect care provided by the company.

“We were concerned that his views might cause controversy and that there would be controversy that would distract from the work of the council,” she said.

The council has representatives from the major behavioral health disciplines and advises the company on treatment issues, the spokeswoman said.

An advocacy group for former homosexuals, meanwhile, said the decision by Magellan “underscores the need for Congress to pass a resolution supporting tolerance for former homosexuals and their supporters.”

Regina Griggs, executive director of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays, said “Magellan should not receive Medicaid or other federal monies if it continues to discriminate against the ex-gay community. The government cannot allow Magellan to continue to discriminate against the ex-gay community.”

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