DRUG PROGRAM ACCUSED OF ABUSE CLOSES VA. FACILITY - 1991-07-30
A drug-abuse treatment program for adolescents that Virginia officials sought to shut down because of questionable practices has closed its facility in Springfield, but reopened the program across the border in Maryland.
Straight Inc., which Virginia officials have accused of abusive practices such as strip searches and "spit therapy," dropped its fight to continue to operate in Virginia.
Straight's decision to cease operations in Virginia came six months after the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services said it would not renew an operating license for the Springfield facility because of repeated human rights violations. Straight closed its Hampton Roads program in February.