A treatment center in Oak Arbor, Miss., reports it is losing $100,000 this year because of restrictions placed by the Veteran's Administration (VA). Specifically the VA does not allow the center to charge for additional services, only housing at Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rates. Oak Arbor serves a variety of residents which includes veterans and non-veterans.
Oak Arbor is a transitional long-term addiction treatment center that opened in 2002, offering a dozen two-bedroom apartments. Its services will be consolidated into Clearview Recovery facilities.
In a statement, the center says: "Despite our best explanations and efforts, the VA restricted the amount to the fair market value of the housing as determined by HUD. HUD is a housing organization and any rental rate they set does not include the cost of treatment and the encompassing support services provided at Oak Arbor which included utilities, transportation, all meals, and job placement."