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Lodging is affirmed for rehab

Tulsa World, 14 July 2000

The state Health Department has refused a request by property owners to reverse a decision that could help turn Arrowhead Lodge into a Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation center.

Acting Health Commissioner Jerry Regier upheld the certificate of need granted to Narconon, saying there wasn't good cause for reconsideration.

Arrowhead Estates trustees, who say they represent more than 1,300 property owners, wrote a letter to Regier on May 31 asking him to reconsider the certificate because of their concerns about security.

"There are a number of things that trouble us about the move of Narconon to Arrowhead Lodge," trustees Bud Shaw and Lois Hartman wrote, citing a petition that was signed by more than 100 residents. The 75-bed Narconon Chilocco New Life Center in Newkirk plans to move and expand to as many as 300 beds at Arrowhead Lodge, near Canadian in Pittsburg County.

The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, which uses the treatment methods developed by best-selling author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard, has been operating in the state for the last 10 years.