Mental Health Board To Break Ground On Two New Facilities

  • 4/12/2018 4:30:48 PM
  • Tyler Warner
  • Local News

Richland County, OH - The Richland County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board is set for a busy 2018 as they are now accepting bids for a primary contractor to build two facilities they hope to open in Spring of 2019. 

The board has plans in place to build and open a 16-bed detox facility in Mansfield, as well as a second residential care building that will add 16 additional beds. Both buildings will be located on Scholl Road.

There has been a missing link in the chain of care for sufferers of addiction in Richland County that these facilities will address. That need is for a short-term facility designed to get people off of drugs, manage withdrawals and symptoms, and keep these individuals clean between appointments and meetings when they are most vulnerable to relapse.

Mansfield used to have a building like this, Freedom Hall, but it closed down in the early 2000's and since then withdrawal management, one of the most volatile, challenging stages of recovery, has been outsourced to Columbus, Dayton, Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Youngstown, and other bigger cities that have the facilities and space necessary.

Executive Director Joe Trolian of the Richland County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board has been pushing the project for years now and believes having everything necessary to treat addition in Richland County will mean more success stories.

"Studies show the more mileage you put between your detox facility and your ongoing care facility, the more likely you are to see people not actually following through with treatment." Trolian started. "For one, they're in a very vulnerable state, they will gain some level of attachment to the people they're working with, or at least the community they're working with. Plus we can do door to door services if we have that service here locally."

Opening these facilities will help Catalyst and RCMHB handle these patients and ultimately better equip Richland County to deal with the Opioid epidemic. Trolian believes convenience will help a great deal.

"Its not that they get released from Detox on a saturday in Youngstown and their first appointment is on Monday morning, so they've got to struggle through the next 48 hours without using in the same community that led them to use in the first place." Trolian said Thursday. "We're hoping by putting everything in one location we can do alot easier transitions and we can work more closely with service providers we have."

Catalyst Life Services will be the treatment provider for the new facilities when they open, continuing a strong partnership between the two organizations.

Trolian says the current plan is to break ground by the end of May and get these facilities up and running by this time next year. 

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