Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 12, 2012

Without more funds, McDowell Day Report Center will close soon

WELCH — Unless additional funding can be found, the McDowell County Day Report Center will have to close after May 15, a member of its board of directors said Friday.

The day report center provides services people can perform in lieu of jail time as well as other services to address drug addictions and other problems. McDowell County’s center in Welch opened in 2005.

Gordon Lambert, a member of the center’s board of directors as well as president of the McDowell County Commission said the board voted Thursday to shut down the center.

“Well, the board of directors met yesterday, and after looking at the finances and the situation, they voted to close after May 15,” he said.

The county commission provided $43,000, office space, telephone service and other necessities to pay the county’s share of an approximately $179,000 state grant used to open the center, Lambert said. The funding had run out.

When asked if the county could provide more funding to keep the center open, Lambert replied: “At this time, probably not. I think the director has made some calls to see if there’s any funds out there. Hopefully they will get some other grant come the first of July, so this may be a temporary thing.”

The center’s executive director, Georgia West, was not available for comment Friday.

Approximately 24 people now participate the day report center’s services, Lambert said. Clients who are under court order to be part of the center’s programs may be able to finish their services during the next five or six weeks by working with day report centers in neighboring Wyoming and Mercer counties.


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