Friday, July 13, 2001

Residential substance abuse unit to be built in Warren Co.

By Cindi Andrews
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — A mental health agency has received $600,000 to build Warren County's first residential drug and alcohol treatment facility.

        Mental Health Recovery Services of Warren & Clinton Counties announced the grant at its board meeting Wednesday.

        “There's no place at all,” said board member Judith Glenn of Franklin, who also sits on Recovery Services' drug and alcohol committee.

        “If people need in-house treatment, they have to go to a hospital or to Cincinnati.”

        Drug and alcohol treatment services are particularly scarce for women, she said.

        The new facility will have 16 beds and accept both men and women, Recovery Services officials said.

        The grant will pay the capital costs of creating the treatment facility, officials said.

        Information on how operating costs will be funded was not available Thursday.

        Ms. Glenn said she has seen the effects of substance abuse in the children she works with at Head Start.

        “So many of our young families are involved in drugs and alcohol,” she said.

        The numbers are increasing, she added, despite the perception that such problems are rare in wealthy Warren County.

        “There's no income bracket on that,” Ms. Glenn said. “It can affect anybody.”

        The grant comes as Recovery Services finds itself tangling with Warren County commissioners over raises at the public agency as well as the private agencies Recovery Services pays to provide treatment, housing and job help.

        The Recovery Services board Wednesday reaffirmed its support for the raises.


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