Second Chance Center Opens With High Hopes
by Wayne Allen Wallen@ communitycommon.com
On Monday, June 27th a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the former Scioto County Juvenile Detention Center. Through a partnership with the Scioto County Commissioners The Counseling Center was able to reopen the facility as a drug rehabilitation center. A number of state and local officials were in attendance for ceremonies. The center will be called the Second Chance Center.
"We are here to celebrate what many of us have referred to as a miracle," Ed Hughes, executive director of The Counseling Center said. "A couple of years ago we meet with a lot of community people to talk about some of the profound needs that we have within our community. Talks centered around needs for additional drug and alcohol addiction services."
Last week the Scioto County Commissioners approved a lease agreement that will allow The Counseling Center to use the former domestic violence shelter in New Boston as a transitional house.
We have a new domestic violence shelter. That left the former shelter on Harrisonville Avenue in New Boston vacant, Commissioners Chairman Tom Reiser said. The Counseling Center had expressed interest in using that facility. Today, weve agreed to allow them to use that.
"If you have been paying attention at all to the local news we've had a lot of attention come our way as a result of a lot of help when it comes to prescription drug abuse. Governor John Kasich has been to our community a number of times and we were in a position to identify what our needs were and the opportunity we had here with the particular facility. It wasn't very long after that we got a call form director Orman Hall of the Ohio department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, telling us there was an effort underway to try to make funding available for this project," Hughes said.
"This is a project that indicates what can happen in the community when people are not pointing fingers, but who are looking for solutions," Reiser said. The use of the juvenile center by The Counseling Center for drug rehabilitation started with conversations about the former domestic violence shelter, Reiser said. In those conversations, the fact came up that the only detoxification center in the county is the county jail. We started to talk about what could be done about that. They (Counseling Center) had the idea that if they could divert some of the people going to the county jail into a detoxification program, then they may be able to cut down the recidivism of those people.
Some of the officials that attended the ceremony included, Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission Administrator Kevin Miller, Chairman of the Scioto County Commissioners Tom Reiser and Scioto County Commissioner Skip Riffe.
It was also announced that Jay Hash of The Counseling Center has been selected to be the center director.
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