Report: State found violations at methadone clinic

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Bridgeport company that wants to open a methadone clinic in Waterbury has an extensive record of violations with the state Department of Public Health.

The Republican-American reports (http://bit.ly/1grvgAt ) that in dozens of unannounced inspections state Department of Public Health agents found repeated violations by New Era Rehabilitation Center clinics in Bridgeport and New Haven between 2004 and 2013. These included unclean conditions, safety violations, failure to follow reporting procedures, lack of treatment plans for patients and haphazard hiring.

The state has begun reviewing the company's operations.

New Era's chief medical officer said in an email that the violations had nothing to do with quality of patient care. She says several violations were due to repairs being done while Department of Public Health officials inspected the facilities.

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Information from: Republican-American, http://www.rep-am.com

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