substance abuse treatment centers

Ten years ago, before the financial crisis hit the state, there were 579 publicly funded beds for substance abuse treatment in Palm Beach County. Today there are around 179, and in the coming days that number will go down even further, according to Alton Taylor, the executive director of the Drug Abuse Foundation in Delray Beach, the county's largest provider of publicly funded substance abuse treatment beds.

A residential treatment center filed a Fair Housing Act lawsuit against the city of Fort Myers. The health facility said the city is "discriminating" against its clientele.

Sovereign Health of Florida opened in the Riverside Drive community in late 2014. The center has about 20 residents being treated for mental illness or recovering from substance abuse.

Connie Ramos is spokesperson for Sovereign. She said the city of Fort Myers denied the center’s application for a permanent business tax receipt various times. 

Hernando County commissioners accepted a mediated settlement on Tuesday that awards $1.97 million to Narconon, the operator of a Scientology-affiliated drug treatment center in Spring Hill, the Tampa Bay Times reports. According to the Times, the settlement ends the legal battle that began when the commission initially turned down plans for the Suncoast Rehabilitation Center to expand in 2009.

A Church of Scientology-affiliated rehabilitation center in Spring Hill has come under scrutiny for possibly treating patients at an unlicensed site, according to the Tampa Bay Times.