Baltimore zoning law challenge from rehab clinic has national implications
The decision in a federal lawsuit filed by a drug rehabilitation clinic against Baltimore County, Md., could affect local governments across the nation. The A Helping Hand clinic sued the county on the grounds that its law prohibiting state-licensed medical facilities in residential neighborhoods violates the U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act, according to the Baltimore Sun. County lawyers have argued that the law doesn’t single out drug treatment facilities. Several other local governments have had to change their zoning laws to make sure they don’t discriminate against the clinics, says an official with the Department of Health and Human Services who is monitoring the Baltimore case.