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Proposed Treatment Center Moratorium Won't Be Heard Monday

City leaders aren't sure how they plan to move forward on the issue (Steve Burns, WFIU/WTIU).

A proposal to temporarily stop new drug treatment centers from opening in Bloomington won't be heard at Monday's plan commission meeting.

City leaders wanted to pause those type of facilities from opening while they studied how other communities use planning and zoning ordinances to regulate them. But, Bloomington's Director of Community Engagement Mary Catherine Carmichael says those working on the proposal couldn't agree on its language.

Carmichael says the city is still trying to determine the best way to move forward.

"We will continue to study what other communities are doing," she says.

The city announced the idea of a moratorium to try and protect residents from predatory treatment centers. But critics say it would further limit access to treatment.

City Council Member Isabel Piedmont-Smith says in a statement she will continue to work with the mayor's office to address concerns about predatory practices in the community.

"After further reflection and consultation with experts and social service providers, I realized that a short-term moratorium that included Medically-Assisted Treatment for substance use disorder would potentially do more harm than good," she says in a statement.

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