Lifeways under tight state monitoring after treatment center clients found at risk

Lifeways' addiction treatment center in Ontario is undergoing remodeling to comply with state mandates. The center, which treats substance abusers, closed in April in a way that drew state scrutiny. (The Enterprise/Kezia Setyawan)

ONTARIO – Lifeways Inc. is facing tight state oversight as it moves to reopen its substance abuse program after regulators found its residential program in Ontario put clients at risk of harm and didn’t comply with state requirements.

The state Health Systems Division on Friday, June 5, imposed new requirements on Lifeways that mean regulators will monitor the nonprofit’s treatment of clients on a weekly basis. The requirements will last, the division said in a letter to Lifeways, until conditions “have been corrected” and “systems are in place to ensure that similar circumstances do not recur.”

Tim Hoekstra, Lifeways CEO . . .