Verrill Dana Helps Methadone Clinic Win Local Approval in Sanford, Maine

Verrill Dana has a long history of helping methadone clinics in Maine, having helped permit the very first clinic in the mid-1990’s. In early 2011, a Massachusetts based provider of opiate addiction treatment services approached Verrill Dana for assistance in opening an outpatient Methadone treatment clinic in Sanford, Maine. On October 2nd, 2012, after more than 18 months of work, Verrill Dana succeeded in helping the client win approval from the Sanford Town Council to open a clinic. The process was not easy. It began with a series of local meetings with stakeholders and advice on Maine law governing substance abuse treatment. It then progressed to a deal to buy a parcel of land in Sanford along with a construction agreement with the seller. In September of 2011, Verrill Dana helped Spectrum file an application with the Town, which started a nearly year-long process punctuated with multiple trips to the Planning Board, to the Town Council to address a temporary moratorium, and then back to the Council for final approval in fall of 2012. The Verrill Dana team's work effort was truly cross-disciplinary, covering issues of municipal and land use law, health care law, ADA litigation, construction law, real estate law, and lobbying. With the approval of the clinic, area residents can now look forward to improved addiction treatment services to address the growing problem of opiate abuse in Maine and the nation.