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Lindsay Lohan

Treatment Facility has

NO LICENSE

5/2/2013 9:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0502_lindsay_morningside_article2The treatment facility Lindsay Lohan is currently at has NO LICENSE to provide rehab treatment because its license was REVOKED ... TMZ has learned.

TMZ broke the story ... Lindsay has entered Morningside Recovery in Newport Beach ... even though prosecutors never signed off on the facility. The judge is giving prosecutors a week to investigate the facility, and here's the first thing they'll find.

We've learned in November, 2011 Morningside's license was suspended for being careless with prescription drugs and operating beyond the scope of its license. After a full hearing in 2012, the California Dept. of Alcohol and Drug Programs REVOKED Morningside's license outright.

We spoke with Millicent Tidwell, the Acting Deputy Director Over the Licensing and Certification Division at the Department, and she told us "Morningside cannot give any treatment."

Tidwell tells us the only thing Morningside can do without a license is provide a sober living environment, but NO TREATMENT.

Tidwell adds, "It is a violation of the State law to operate a residential drug and alcohol treatment facility in California without a license. Morningside does not have a license."

UPDATE

12:50 PM PT -- Morningside Recovery has just released a statement, insisting Tidwell is WRONG and that they DO have a "license/certification" to provide drug and alcohol treatment. Morningside CEO Mary Helen Beatificato says the 2011 revocation of Morningside's license only affects the company's ability to provide residential detox services.

Tidwell's response ... Morningside is full of crap ... the recovery center is NOT licensed to provide inpatient drug/alcohol treatment. Period.

brandon morning side We've learned one reason Morningside's license was revoked is because Brandon Jacques, a 20-year-old patient suffering from bulimia and alcohol addiction, allegedly died as a result of the facility's misconduct. According to official docs, the facility was not licensed to treat people with eating disorders. According to the family's lawsuit against Morningside, the man had a low electrolyte count and the facility should have transferred him to a hospital but didn't. The man died from cardiac arrest while doing push-ups.

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