You, on the other hand, are not all that special and therefore are not quite so protected. If anything you are an oppressor class and must be carefully monitored by the government.
There are various classifications for "group homes" and "sober living facilities," and you can read all about them in the City Council meeting agenda report by clicking here. The following deals with "licensed group homes."
The message that is coming through here rather loud and clear here is that there isn't much that the City Council can do about any of this. And should they attempt any actions deemed inappropriate under bigger government laws dealing with the rights of this protected class of disabled folks, the city could get into a peck of expensive trouble.
However, they can write a letter in support of some new Sacramento legislation dealing with this situation. It is legislation that kind of nibbles at the edges of the public's concerns about the issue. And that is what is being proposed for Tuesday evening's discussion of this sensitive matter.
That's all there is. Sierra Madre's City Council is a bit player in this drama, and cannot do all that much. Their options are extremely limited. And while this isn't exactly no action whatsoever, it is also not a whole lot, either.
Sometimes the appearance of doing something is their best available option.
Interesting comment from a few days ago
(Mod: The following comment was added to a much older topic last week, and I doubt many saw it. I thought I'd include it here.)
My relative is a "Patient" at Dedicato. The entire coarse of treatment has been a "Holistic Joke"....a joke that costs $15,000.00 per month. Furthermore....our family lives 2000 plus miles from Sierra Madre.
We have had serious doubts regarding the legitimacy of this facility. After reading the article in the Sierra Madre Tattler, we feel our concerns have been validated.
We have searched for licensing, educational & personal background information on the staff. Thanks to the information discovered in The Tattler article, we have clear direction & information to continue this search.
Our research has also revealed that many "Treatment" centers in California operate in rental homes & buildings. This would appear to be a very lucrative situation for all involved: Center Directors; Center Physicians; Property Managers & Property Owners.
Most private insurance DOES NOT cover "Sober Living". In our situation, insurance was finished after the initial 90 days of Rehab...in a licensed facility, attached to a major medical center, with a staff of 6 Licensed Physicians with Addictionologist credentials.
We have spoken directly with the director and are very concerned about client safety & treatment modalities used. We are not sure what our recourse will ultimately be. However, this "Sober Living Facility" needs to be looked at...