More than ever it is in this present time that the world needs more recovery houses to combat addiction. This is simply because drugs have been a serious problem that the society is facing for a long time now. Not only the use of the substances but worse are the effects they bring to people which could lead to crimes and total destruction. In Ohio, their Ohio Controlling Board released $500,000 in capital funds to the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services on Monday, which will be the state’s share for a 2,870-square-foot recovery house in Findlay for pregnant women and women with newborn infants.
The home is being constructed by the Hancock County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services board. Eric R. Wandersleben, director of media relations and outreach for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, confirmed in an email Monday that the funds were approved by the Controlling Board. Precia Stuby, the Hancock County ADAMHS board’s executive director, said bids were opened last Wednesday, and the ADAMHS board is now in the process of entering into a contract with a general contractor.
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The home at 2475 Crystal Ave. will include three one-bedroom apartments for women and their babies, as well as one for the onsite manager. The land was donated by Blanchard Valley Health System.
Stuby told The Courier earlier this month that housing is an issue for women in the Maternal Opiate Medical Support (MOMS) program, a joint effort of Blanchard Valley Health System and A Renewed Mind. In the program, pregnant women who are using opioids get weaned off the drugs in a way that is safe for them and their babies.
Stopping suddenly can throw the baby into withdrawal, which is dangerous.
Only women who are participating in the MOMS program will be eligible to live in the recovery house. The women will receive peer support on site, and be connected with other services in the community, Wandersleben said.