March 26, 2024 – Assemblywomen Margie Donlon and Luanne Peterpaul (D-Monmouth) have announced legislation in response to the State Commission of Investigations (SCI) report of fraud, ethical misconduct and corruption in the addiction rehabilitation industry. The results of The report, “THE DIRTY BUSINESS BEHIND GETTING CLEAN,” … THIS  is cause for dismay for residents with substance abuse disorder, as well as taxpayers. The SCI’s in depth investigation revealed unchecked abuses by certain so-called professionals, owners and operators of addiction-related businesses. As members of the Assembly Health Committee (Assemblywoman Donlon) and the Assembly Aging & Human Services Committee (Assemblywoman Peterpaul), the two legislators have sponsored or co-sponsored a number of the bills that are part of an Assembly legislative package to address these deficiencies.

“We know the vast majority of people operating substance abuse treatment facilities are dedicated professionals doing whatever they can to help their patients succeed in rehabilitation,” Donlon and Peterpaul said. “Some, however, routinely engaged in corrupt practices that were more about making profits and less about getting their clients clean and sober, according to the SCI.”