Gubernatorial citation is *not* an endorsement, O'M spokeswoman says
Why the surprise?
Gov. Martin O’Malley’s health department has not granted permission for the reverend to open the new facility, which will provide methadone to addicts within 15 minutes by ignoring some of the federal and state requirements for evaluation and treatment.
Williams, who already runs one traditional clinic in East Baltimore, kicked up a storm last week when told The Sun of his intentions to go forward with new program without the state’s blessing. He says he’s currently treating 650 patients and sees the new quick care option as a gateway to more traditional treatment.
Thomas Cargiulo, director of the Maryland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration expressed concern that the express clinic won’t give enough scrutiny to potential patients before offering treatment. Methadone is a schedule 2 narcotic.
It’s printed on heavy paper with a gold seal, signed by O’Malley, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Secretary of State John P. McDonough, and came in a black folder.
O’Malley spokeswoman Raquel Guillory said the citation is a routine courtesy and is “in no way an endorsement.” The governor wants the facility to succeed if, and only if, “he operates properly,” Guillory said.