‘Concerning incident’ halts admissions to program at Cummington addiction treatment center

  • Swift River, an addiction treatment facility in Cummington, opened in November. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Published: 1/18/2017 6:53:43 PM

CUMMINGTON — State health officials have shut down admissions to a program at a new addiction treatment center in Plainfield and Cummington following “a concerning incident involving a patient.”

Swift River opened in November and is owned by Addiction Campuses of Tennessee. It was formerly home to a school for troubled youths. 

The Department of Public Health began an investigation following the incident, which involved a patient in the acute treatment services program.

“ ... we have suspended all admissions to that program until further notice,” DPH spokesman Tom Lyons said in a statement to the Gazette. “We cannot provide any additional information on this matter while our review is ongoing.”

The action was taken Jan. 11.

Brian Sullivan, a spokesman for the company, said he was unaware of the incident when reached by phone Wednesday morning. Calls to the company made later in the day were directed to Sullivan, who did not respond to requests for further comment.

Swift River, a 12-building facility on 600 acres, obtained a provisional license from the health department’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services in November. Addiction Campuses has similar facilities in Tennessee, Texas and Mississippi. 

Amanda Drane can be contacted at adrane@gazettenet.com.

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