NEWKIRK (AP) - State inspectors are expected to have
reports of a court-ordered visit to an unlicensed substance
abuse center prepared for an October meeting of the state
Mental Health Board, officials say.
Rosemary Brown, a Mental Health Department spokesman, said
Tuesday that the agency's findings concerning the Narconon
Chilocco New Life Center will be prepared about two weeks
the Oct. 18 meeting.
A staff recommendation on whether the facility should be
certified will be made after Narconon has had a chance to
respond to the report, Brown said.
Narconon, which has been accepting patients since February,
did not apply for certification with the department until
last month. Inspectors were planning to visit Narconon in
November and have a recommendation in time for the January
meeting of the mental health board.
But District Judge Neal Beekman, asked by the state Department
of Health to close Narconon until the center obtained state
certification and licensing, earlier this month ruled officials
should decide on certification at the board's October meeting.
The judge allowed Narconon, located on the grounds of the
old Chilocco Indian School, to continue operating, but prohibited
the facility from accepting new patients until it obtained
necessary state certification and licensing.