The Scioto County Commissioners approved a lease agreement addendum Tuesday with the Counseling Center to add a regional detox facility.
“This is really good news for our county,” Chairman of the Scioto County Commissioners Bryan Davis said. “This is exactly what we were hoping would happen.”
Under the agreement of the original lease, the mission was for the Counseling Center and the Vocational School to provide rehabilitational services and vocational training. However, because the facility has room to grow, the goal was always to expand.
Additionally, a need for a regional detox treatment center led to the securing of state funding via the Adams board, intended for the Counseling Center INC., for such a program to address acute and abrupt withdrawal symptoms as well as coordinating further treatment in linkage to needed social services in the communities, according to Davis.
“So, instead of detoxing in jail and in jail you don’t get rehab — that’s what’s key here — they’ll receive rehab services,” Davis said. “They won’t just be languishing in jail, so it’ll help in that regard. Also, the hospital — In the hospital, you have some detoxification there.
“Ive seen that with my own eyes. (It’s) not a safe environment for workers. They do what they can, but people who are coming off of detox can become very irritable … and sometimes out of control, so this is going to provide a safer environment.”
Davis was elated that the Adams board was able to secure the funding while collaborating with the Counseling Center to get the project approved.
Not everything was positive Tuesday as the Commissioners talked about a hearing scheduled Dec. 19, at 10 a.m., in the Commissioners Conference Room where cuts to the Access Scioto County (ASC) transit system will be the main priority.
The cuts are scheduled to take place in 2018 as a result of the MCO tax cuts. The Following Townships will face service cuts: Bloom, Brush Creek, Green, Harrison, Jefferson, Morgan, Nile, Rarden, Union and Vernon.
The reduction of services will impact approximately 128 people of approximately 1,500 citizens that use the service on a regular basis annually.
There are also possible staff reductions and reductions in operating days and hours of the transit looming.
“Trust me, we aren’t real happy about it,” Davis said. “I think ASC is a wonderful service — I know it is.”
If there are any questions, contact Larry Mullins, 740-353-5626. If people need special accommodations, he’s asking for a 48 hour notice.
C.B. Herrmann resigned from Southern Ohio Port Authority (SOPA) board Tuesday.
According to Davis, Herman cited the redirection of Scioto County’s efforts towards economic development and the mission change of the Southern Ohio Port Authority. Herman noted in his letter that the consolidation of the Southern Ohio Port Authority board will better allow it to move forward towards those goals.
The resignation was effective Nov. 14.
Reach Chris Slone at 740-353-3101, ext 1927, or on Twitter @crslone.