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Forum Communications, Published November 21 2012

Duluth methadone clinic faces fine

DULUTH, Minn. - Already facing revocation of its license, the only methadone treatment center in northeastern Minnesota has been slapped with an $800 fine for continued licensing violations.

A certified letter sent by the Minnesota Department of Human Services to the Lake Superior Treatment Center’s parent company in Florida on Nov. 16 cited excessive caseloads and violations of treatment-plan requirements based on inspections beginning Oct. 1.

The investigator “determined that the Lake Superior Treatment Center continues to violate chemical dependency treatment licensing requirements,” the letter stated.

It states the fine will be stayed if the clinic requests a “contested case hearing.”

A woman who answered the phone at the clinic said the program director would not comment to the media.

E-mails requesting comments from executives of the parent company, Colonial Management Group of Orlando, Fla., were not answered by Wednesday’s deadline.