MARYLAND FINDS STRAIGHT INC. NOT ACCREDITED - 1991-08-03
Maryland has sent a team of inspectors into Straight Inc.'s new Howard County facility to evaluate the drug-treatment program, and an official said yesterday that the facility is not accredited to operate in the state.
Rick Sampson, director of Maryland's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration, said he initiated the inspection after learning this week that Straight's accreditation by a national organization could not be transferred across state lines.
Straight closed its Springfield facility last week after Virginia officials accused it of violating state regulations. The program, which is part of a national chain of treatment centers for adolescents that has been criticized for its confrontational form of rehabilitation, then crossed the border and opened the Columbia facility.