Proposed methadone clinic again stalled in Warren

Posted Dec. 16, 2011, at 3 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 16, 2011, at 5:36 p.m.

WARREN, Maine — A company hoping to operate a methadone clinic in town will have to resubmit its proposal before it can be considered by local officials and presented to residents.

CRC Health Group’s application to the Warren Planning Board was rejected after some signatures were missing, according to the town’s code enforcement officer.

If the paperwork is done in time, CRC Health Group will be able to present its amended application to the planning board on Jan. 5, 2012. Then, if the application is complete, the company will need to have a site walk conducted by the town, hold a public meeting and follow that with a final hearing before the planning board to obtain approval to begin renovating a space to house its methadone clinic.

CRC Health Group, which is one of the country’s largest providers of treatment and educational programs for people with chemical dependency, has been trying to establish a methadone clinic in Warren for more than a year.

At a public meeting last December, only one of 240 people in attendance supported the clinic moving into town. Warren then enacted a temporary ban on methadone clinics while officials created ordinances governing the businesses.

The town was sued over the ban and Warren quickly settled the $300,000 suit.

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