In a statement, Sovereign Health's General Counsel Seth Zajac said, "I'm pleased that the City of Fort Myers now recognizes the important need our facilities fulfill for those with disabilities. And unlike other cities steeped in NIMBYism, the City of Fort Myers is now openly committed to promoting our services throughout the community."
The City's settlement of Sovereign's lawsuit is another in a growing list of NIMBY cases where city governments engaged in ill-advised actions have suffered significant financial consequences for their communities. Newport Beach paid over $5,250,000.00 to sober living providers after the city was sued for discrimination. The City of San Jacinto paid over $750,000.00 after it was sued by the Department of Justice for discriminating against group homes for those recovering from addition or with mental disabilities. And Costa Mesa, after spending thousands in attorney fees, was ordered by a federal court of appeals to cease and desist enforcing its ordinance targeting sober living homes. This growing list may soon include the City of San Clemente, California, which was also sued by Sovereign for engaging in similar discriminatory practices. San Clemente Councilman, Tim Brown recently boasted about the City's earmarking of $1.1 million in funds for Sovereign's discrimination suit. Sovereign Health says it looks forward to being awarded this money and using it for patient care.
Sovereign seeks to raise awareness about the stigma of mental health disorders. 1 in 4 people will suffer from a mental illness at some point in their lifetime, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. However, due to the fear of being stigmatized, these individuals often conceal their disorders.
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One factor that differentiates Sovereign from other treatment providers has been its ability to offer separate mental health and addiction or dual diagnosis treatment programs at its facilities. Patients seek Sovereign to receive treatment for mental health issues, including trauma, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Sovereign also offers treatment for cognitive deficits and eating disorders. For more information, visit www.sovhealth.com.
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