The Post Investigative Team has written exhaustively about Palm Beach County’s heroin crisis which has contributed to a record number of overdose deaths over the past two years.
It has also sparked a much-hyped and celebrated Grand Jury report on the proliferation of shady sober homes in the county.
Well, apparently not everyone is “celebrating” the release of the report, as evidenced in Monday’s Point of View op-ed from West Palm Beach attorney James K. Green. Green, who has litigated in federal court for people in recovery who were seeking fair housing and treatment providers seeking zoning approval to open treatment facilities, says the report is unbalanced and lacks any perspective from attorneys who’ve actually dealt with sober homes.
The Palm Beach Post’s Dec. 13 story, “Sober home report cites patient abuse,” accepted without question the grand jury’s “Report on the Proliferation of Fraud and Abuse in Florida’s Addiction Treatment Industry.”
I believe grand juries can and do perform important functions, but they need to be “fair and balanced”.
… Palm Beach County, and Florida as a whole need to expand substance use disorder treatment opportunities, not demonize the health providers. While some regulation is certainly necessary, the grand jury essentially recommends over-regulation, which will drive up the cost of treatment and reduce its availability to those who need it most.
Additionally, the grand jury claims to have heard testimony from “private and municipal attorneys who extensively litigated treatment and recovery housing issues over the past decade.” I don’t know a single private lawyer in Palm Beach County who has extensively litigated treatment and recovery housing issues on behalf of people in recovery over the past decade who was called to the grand jury.”
You can read the rest of the op-ed here.
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