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Officials To Consider Narconon

The Daily Oklahoman,
October 19, 1990

An application for certification of a Kay County drug abuse center that has been operating for several months without state sanction will be considered for approval next month.

The state mental health board is scheduled to act on the certification request from Narconon Chilocco New Life Center at the board's next meeting Nov. 8, said Rosemary Brown, spokeswoman with the state mental health department.

The meeting will be at Western State Hospital in Fort Supply.

Written comments will be accepted by the state agency on Narconon's proposal through Nov. 1, Brown said.

Meanwhile, departmental staff are working on a recommendation for the mental health board's review concerning Narconon's proposal, she said.

Board members were scheduled to review Narconon's application at their meeting this week, but Narconon's application was removed from the agenda because staff members were unable to make a recommendation in time for the meeting.

The data being reviewed include transcripts from last week's 4 1/2-hour public hearing, which was attended by about 400 people.

The hearing was requested by some Newkirk residents who are concerned about Narconon Chilocco's ties with the Church of Scientology.

Narconon Chilocco has been accepting patients since February, but did not apply for state certification until August, after the state health department sought to close the center.

A district judge took no action on the state's request to close the center, but instead ordered that the mental health department speed up the review process so a decision on Narconon's program could be made this month.