County gets grant for detox center

State mental health board awards Trumbull $250,000

WARREN — A new 16-bed detox and treatment center set to open in the city next month received a one-time $250,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

FSR Parkman, 4930 Enterprise Drive, will allocate the grant funds to pay for staff, rent, utilities, food and supplies, as well as maintenance and repair of the new facilities.

The facility, which is owned by Scott Wilkes, is scheduled to open Feb. 19 and is expected to deliver individualized addiction services that follow the evidence-based treatment model followed by First Step Recovery.

First Step Recovery, a Warren-based detox and treatment center that opened in 2015, has worked to help its clients to find a better way of life through sobriety. It will provide consulting services to FSR Parkman.

April Caraway, executive director of the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board, said there is a critical need for more places in the area for people needing help to detox.

“There were 107 overdose deaths in Trumbull County in 2016,” Caraway said. “At this point, we know there were 119 overdose deaths in 2017, but there are some cases in the coroner’s office that have not been determined, so there could be more.”

Caraway said individual facilities can have no more than 16 beds.

The county contracts with recovery centers outside the area, such as the Neil Kennedy Center in Youngstown, to find places to send those requiring help. However, other surrounding counties are also sending their patients to many of the same places.

“It is first come, first served,” Caraway said. “The new detox beds are imperative to getting people help they need when they need it.”

Cindy Woodford, consulting director for FSR Parkman, said the $250,000 grant will help the program achieve its goal of providing a safe place for those needing recovery assistance.

“We understand the devastation caused by substance use disorders and how addiction has wreaked havoc in Trumbull County,” Woodford said. “This new funding will help FSR Parkman to meet the growing demand for evidence-based addiction services.”

In addition to 16 detox beds, FSR Parkman will provide addiction treatment services — such as individual, group and family counseling– relapse prevention, case management and 12-step meetings.

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