Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 22, 2014

Tomblin announces grant funding for drug treatment facility in Mercer County

BLUEFIELD — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Thursday the award of a $440,000 grant to Mercer County for the development of a 60 to 100-bed treatment facility for residents of the region suffering from drug addiction.

Tomblin said the Healing Place of Huntington will receive the grant funding in partnership with Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center, the Mercer County Day Report Center and the Mercer County Drug Court for the development of a community-based substance abuse treatment center in Mercer County. The local funding application calls for the development of a long-term recovery center either in Bluefield or Princeton. One proposed location for the Healing Center is the old BB&T bank building on Bluefield Avenue in the city of Bluefield.

In all, Tomblin announced the award of $1.2 million in grants for community-based substance abuse treatment and recovery services across West Virginias part of his Justice Reinvestment initiative.

"We know treatment programs help reduce recidivism and increase the likelihood that people will overcome addiction and become productive members of society,” Tomblin said. "This is an important step in our continuing efforts to stop drug abuse."

Tomblin said grant funding also was awarded for the development of smaller, six- to 10-bed treatment facilities in Marshall and Wood counties and  outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment programs based in Kanawha, Logan, Marshall, Mercer and Wood counties. The grant also will finance the hiring of counselors and specialists in all of counties, including Mercer.

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