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August 1976

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Money Threat Sways Hospitals

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All general hospitals in Maryland have signed a Certificate of Compliance, indicating their agreement to admit alcohol abusers and alcoholics without discrimination. This action was the result of a memorandum from Neil Solomon, MD, Ph.D., secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene, that warned general hospitals that they were in danger of losing Federal funding if they did not comply with Section 321. (a) of the Comprehensive Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation Act of 1970.

The act states: "Alcohol abusers and alcoholics who are suffering from medical conditions shall not be discriminated against in admission or treatment, solely because of their alcohol abuse or alcoholism, by any private and public general hospital which receives support in any form from any program supported in whole or in part by funds appropriated to any Federal department or agency."

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