On Friday, it was announced that a Kansas-based operator of addiction treatment centers had agreed to pay $25,000 to settle allegations that it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. Valley Hope Association operates sixteen addiction treatment centers in seven states. The agreement between Valley Hope and the Justice Department will resolve allegations that Valley Hope offered residential treatment services on a less than equal basis to consumers with HIV or AIDS.
After an investigation was carried out, it was alleged that Valley Hope had forced individuals with HIV or AIDS to stay in separate rooms, unless they revealed their status to their potential roommate. It was also alleged that Valley Hope had prevented individuals with HIV or AIDS from engaging in some work activities around the residential facility.
As a part of the settlement agreement, Valley Hope will be required to put measures in place to ensure that individuals with disabilities will be able to fully enjoy the goods, services and facilities provided by Valley Hope treatment centers. The company will also be required to adopt and implement a non-discrimination policy that will be posted on its website and in each facility.
Finally, Valley Hope has agreed to pay $20,000 to the complainant and a $5,000 civil penalty.