Lab One of Traverse City isn’t doing drug and alcohol testing anymore. Lab One tested virtually everyone on probation. It was the big dawg in town. It abruptly closed its doors. There doesn’t appear to be any public information as to why.
Lab One was officially unofficially related to Addiction Treatment Services (ATS), the grand daddy mothership of substance abuse treatment services in the area. Although they made a point of saying that Lab One wasn’t affiliated with ATS, they used the same logos on Lab One property that they used for ATS services. Lab One had a cozy cozy relationship with the 86th District Court that included property on county courthouse grounds for quickie drug tests at your service.
Lab One Traverse City Closed
How do we know That Lab One in Traverse City is closed? Follow my logic:
This is the scene outside Lab One:
There’s a For Sale sign on the property. There’s a “NO”- something sign on a post by the door. I can’t read it. No trespassing? No loitering? There are additional signs posted on the doors and many of the windows. Usually abuzz with activity from 5-9 each day, the place appears to be mostly abandoned. So that’s the first clue that something is amiss.
So we turn to the internet to see what we can find. The Lab One page on the ATS website is gone. If you look in Google cache, there’s the above nugget looks like it appeared on the ATS website for a short period of time. The page reads: “PLEASE NOTE: Lab One is now CLOSED. As of Saturday, March 16, 2019 Lab One will no longer provide testing services. Any person court mandated to test, will need to meet with their court officer to coordinate on going testing services. Thank you.”
In addition, this is what’s cached in Google search results for “Traverse City Lab One”
There’s no information as to a reason for the shut down. ATS doesn’t say why they’re no longer offering the service. It seems kind of abrupt. You know, there wasn’t a month-long winddown or anything else like that. It’s just a sign on the door with a note to go see your probation officer.
So my next question was who owned the property that Lab One sat on? How it is that Lab One closes the doors and the business goes up for sale the same day? The owner of the land for sale is the Patricia M. Yamaguchi Trust. From what I can tell, Yamaguchi appears to have no personal relationship with ATS or Lab One, and she also appears to have died in November. She also owned a piece of residential property in town. It makes sense that the trust would want to sell the property if the trust beneficiary passed away. What’s a bit strange is the property going up for sale the exact same time that Lab One shuts. Did the end of a lease have anything to do with shutting down the drug testing operation? Did they just decide to stop drug testing because their lease ran out? That doesn’t make any sense. They could change locations quickly. Their testing services didn’t always used to be at that location. It may make sense that the trust is selling the property now that the tenant appears to have ceased operations.
There’s more to the story. Drug testing at Lab One stopped on March 16. On March 15, ATS posted this snarky snark against the 86th District Court. They criticized the 86th District Court for not letting people do drugs under their supervision while on probation:
They’ve since taken the post down. The post came only a day before Lab One closed up shop for good. Is the post a sign that ATS officials were ticked a the 86th District Court for some reason? They appear not to have hugged and kissed and cried on the way out. But then whoever posted the March 15 post appeared to have second thoughts because they took the post down.
What about all the other services that ATS offered at the Porch location? It wasn’t just a space to take a PBT or whizzer quizzer. It was also a place for gatherings, meetings, etc. What happened to all of that stuff when the drug testing business went up in puffs? It will also be interesting to see if mutual photo ops at recovery events continue, like this one and this other one.
Upnorthlive has a business relationship with ATS. So they’re not going to report on this. It’s times like this that I wish I could go knocking on doors and announce myself as a Dirty Traverse investigative journalist and ask for comments. Because there’s a story here. It must have created a lot of upset within the courts to have that many people shifting testing overnight. ATS has not made a statement that the relationship with the court ended on mutual terms or for any specific reason. So what gives? Will we ever know?