Ohio Sen. Rob Portman visited Washington C.H. Tuesday to tour the proposed site for a men’s residential treatment facility on Robinson Road.
The proposed site is the Union Township fire house that is currently being used as a storage space for the Washington Court House Fire Department’s equipment. The Faith in Recovery Coalition, a group of Fayette County community leaders, has been working together to turn the space into a residential treatment center for men struggling with opioid dependency and addiction.
Portman toured the old fire house, where up to 15 men at one time would be able to live at the residential treatment facility once the project is completed, according to Dale Lynch, chairman of Washington C.H. City Council.
Christina Blair is the planner for the Community Action Commission of Fayette County and is staff support for the Faith in Recovery Coalition, where she began working on the project at the end of August.
Blair said the Faith in Recovery Coalition is conducting a community-needs assessment and encourages individuals to take the survey at http://www.cacfayettecounty.org/substance-abuse-survey-please-respond-by-103116/ or https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KZ593CT.
The survey will help Faith in Recovery determine the program’s future steps, but in the next six months Blair said Faith in Recovery will be applying for grant money from the Drug-Free Communities Support program in the Office of National Drug Control Policy to secure additional funding for the treatment center and for eventual recovery housing.
Portman, who started an anti-drug coalition 22 years ago in Cincinnati called Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati, authored the bi-partisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) legislation signed into law by President Obama in July. He said CARA allows local communities like Washington C.H. to apply for grants to provide and expand treatment and recovery services.
“I appreciate you. This is an example of how we’re going to fix the problem,” Portman said to Faith in Recovery Coalition members during the tour.