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Bill Targeting Troubled Treatment Clinics Signed Into Law

(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill that's aimed at tightening inspection and review of behavioral health and recovery agencies contracted by the state of Washington now has the governor's signature.  The measure stemmed from a KING-TV investigation of the Washington Department of Social and Health Services Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, which is responsible for inspecting 570 state-licensed drug-treatment and alcohol-treatment facilities in Washington.  The report revealed the agency failed to pursue alleged violations for fear of attracting lawsuits and reached questionable settlements with troubled treatment centers.  The new law prohibits DBHR from reducing violations or reaching settlements for the purpose of avoiding lawsuits.

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