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California's Sunshine Behavioral in Colorado Hotel Conversion

09/21/2018 -ATIN- Southern California-based Sunshine Behavioral Health is looking to convert a Ramada Inn into a residential addiction treatment center in the town of Monument, CO, which is located near Colorado Springs. Sunshine Behavioral paid $4M for the hotel property.

While the hotel property is already zoned to accommodate a treatment center, Monument residents are nevertheless gearing up for a NIMBY (not-in-my-back-yard) campaign opposing the redevelopment. In 2016, the city of Monument paid methadone clinic giant Colonial Management Group $900K in exchange for agreeing not to locate a clinic in the town.

Some residents are jumping on the fact that Sunshine Behavioral was one of eight treatment providers that were subpoenaed by a congressional committee this summer to provide documents  for a "body broking" inquiry into the addiction treatment industry.

If the county rejected the project based on a reason outside the scope of the site plan, it could find itself in court over alleged violations of federal fair housing laws. There are few, if any, cases that have been won in federal court by municipalities seeking to bar addiction center development.



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