PRESTONSBURG – Mountain Comprehensive Care Center held the grand opening for its ‘Mountain Center for Recovery and Hope’ at StoneCrest on Monday. The facility is a residential substance abuse treatment center that will offer residential treatment to clients suffering from addiction. It will have 60 beds for substance abuse treatment – 30 beds for men, and 30 beds for women.
Several counties in Eastern Kentucky lead the nation in terms of grams of narcotic pain medications distributed on a per capita basis.
Aside from marijuana cultivation and trafficking, the trafficking and illicit usage of prescription drugs in the area may be the most significant current drug threat facing the residents of eastern Kentucky. According to the Kentucky Office of Drug Control, Heroin is a drug on the rise in Eastern Kentucky.
The treatment center is located on Meff Road. The new facility is built on eight acres of property donated several years ago by the City of Prestonsburg.
“As you know we have a very much publicized problem with addiction in Eastern Kentucky,” said Jackie Long, Mountain Comprehensive Care Center Director of Housing and Grants. “This is going to be a facility where individuals can come to heal and stay for a short-term or long-term stay depending on their level of addiction.”
This facility has been completed over five years of planning. Several grants have been used in cooperation to fund the much-needed facility in the area.
The $3.1-million-dollar project came from a combination of a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant, two $450,000 federal home loans from the Bank of Cincinnati, $200,000 in coal severance funds and a $400,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission.
Mountain Comprehensive Care Center is on the forefront, leading the region in substance abuse treatment and meeting a need in the community. Floyd Countians and others from surrounding counties are excited to have the new Mountain Comprehensive Care Center facility to meet the needs of residents region-wide.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.