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Narconon Center Hearing To Proceed as Scheduled

The Oklahoman
August 31, 1990

A Narconon drug treatment center's decision to apply for certification does not eliminate a scheduled Sept. 7 hearing on a temporary injunction, a state health department official said Thursday.

The Narconon Chilocco New Life Center has applied for certification from the state mental health department, said spokeswoman Rosemary Brown.

Certification is needed before a treatment center can be licensed.

"We're still going ahead" with the hearing, said Brent Van Meter, the state deputy commissioner of special health services. "They're still breaking the law.

"We're pleased they're making efforts to comply, but they have not stopped with non-compliance."

Attorneys for Narconon said earlier this year they would apply for certification voluntarily, but are not required to do so because the center is on Indian trust land.

Health department officials and District Attorney Joseph Wideman of Kay County have alleged the center has been treating patients without a state license.