The Division of Health and Human Resources has awarded more than $20 million to substance abuse disorder programs across West Virginia.
$3 million of those grants are going to Valley HealthCare System. This will expand capabilities for both short and long-term treatment by providing funds to build new facilities in Marion County.
“Our plan is to build three new buildings on some property we’ve acquired,” explained Cheryl Perone, President and CEO of Valley HealthCare System.
Those buildings will be located near an existing 28-bed facility Valley HealthCare System already operates on Crosswinds Drive in Fairmont.
When they are built, capacity will increase by 60 beds.
“A building for men, a building for women, and then between those two we’ll have a treatment building,” Perone continued. “We’ll be housing them in one building and treating them in the building that’s next door to get them out of the housing building.”
These buildings will house both 28-day short-term care and three to six month long-term care, which is made up of a variety of evidence-based practices.
“Primary care integration, which is something new for us, we’re very excited about that,” Perone explained. “We offer cognitive behavioral therapy for both substance abuse and anxiety and depression because many of our people have co-occurring disorders. We also offer motivational interviewing.”
Perone said Valley HealthCare System will also have a ropes course for adventure-based treatment.
She added that funding like this, which is part of the Ryan Brown Addiction Prevention and Recovery Fund, is critical continue to provide services to West Virginians.
“There’s no way that we could have afforded to take on the debt to build these buildings without this assistance,” Perone continued. “Even once they’re built, if we don’t get adequate funding from the state we won’t be able to continue providing the services even if we have the building.”
The Ryan Brown Addiction Prevention and Recovery Fund is part of a statewide plan to treat the opioid epidemic. It was part of House Bill 2428, which passed during this year’s Legislative Session.
With its funding Valley Health Care Systems is looking forward to doing its part to combat the drug epidemic in its four-county service area and beyond.
“We serve people from all over the state,” said Perone. “And as everybody knows, lots and lots of people need treatment. We’re happy to be able to provide more treatment.”
West Virginia University also received funding from these DHHR grants. $1 million was given to open a residential treatment facility as part of Chestnut Ridge Center and WVU Medicine.