Bottom Line…Several organizations, including an Ohio treatment center and a county board, are being sued in federal court over an atheist's claim that he was forced to participate in a 12‐Step program as a condition of his probation sentence.An atheist who was sentenced to probation and ordered to complete an inpatient substance use treatment program in an Ohio drug possession case is alleging in a federal lawsuit that his First Amendment rights were violated because he was forced as part of his sentence to participate in 12‐Step‐based care.Besides seeking damages in the case, James Lindon is asking the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio to enjoin defendants in the case from receiving government funding if they employ 12‐Step programming in their work. Included on the list of defendants in the case, which was filed Feb. 23, are ORCA House, the Cleveland treatment facility to which Lindon was ordered sent for a month, and the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County, which is part of county government and contracts with local providers that deliver publicly supported substance use services.Lindon told ADAW that while the 30‐day program he attended at ORCA House was
Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Weekly – Wiley
Published: Jan 12, 2018
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