Altshuler Berzon LLP files motion for preliminary injunction against The Salvation Army challenging policy prohibiting access to medication for opioid use disorder at Adult Rehabilitation Centers

On May 5, 2023, Altshuler Berzon LLP, together with Justice Catalyst Law, filed motions for a preliminary injunction and provisional class certification in the District of Massachusetts federal court in Tassinari v. The Salvation Army, No. 1:21-cv-10806 (D. Mass.). The motions filed today seek an order prohibiting The Salvation Army from enforcing its current categorical ban on access to prescribed methadone and buprenorphine medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) as to individuals with opioid use disorder who participate in, apply to, or inquire about access to housing or services at any of The Salvation Army’s 29 Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARCs) in the northeastern United States. The lawsuit alleges that The Salvation Army’s categorical policy prohibiting access to these standard-of-care life-saving medications for people with opioid use disorder at its ARCs constitutes unlawful disability discrimination in violation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Fair Housing Act. The motions seek relief to prevent irreparable harm to people with opioid use disorder in the midst of the current national opioid epidemic, by removing barriers to their access to housing, services, and critical medication.

The operative Second Amended Complaint can be found here. Plaintiffs’ motions for a preliminary injunction and for provisional class certification can be found here and here. Plaintiffs’ proposed combined brief in support of both motions can be found here.