Substance abuse treatment facility is on the way

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

New substance abuse treatment centers are on the way in Floyd County.

Mountain Comprehensive is leasing nine acres from the city of Prestonsburg at the industrial park by Stonecrest to build the facilities.

Mountain Comprehensive Care officials say this land is the perfect spot for a new substance abuse and mental health facilities, and the land only costs one dollar.

Mountain Comprehensive Care officials say they do not have enough space for everyone who needs their help.

“We maintain a waiting list of about 20 people any given day and so the community has the need and I think it's both our opportunity to try to meet the community need,” Scott Walker said.

Walker believes the nine acres at the StoneCrest Industrial Park is the best place for new residential treatment centers.

“It will get folks out of the hustle and bustle of being around town and around other individuals and give them more of an isolated area,” Walker said.

The city of Prestonsburg is leasing the land to Mountain Comprehensive Care for only one dollar.

“We're just very grateful the city has decided to give us this property,” Mots Bishnoi said.

“It lets us put the money for the service to the clients instead of money procuring the property for the clients,” Walker said.

The site will hold eight substance abuse facilities and two more for children who need mental or emotional help.

Prestonsburg City Leaders say even though they leased it for only one dollar, they believe they will get a large return.

“You've got the payroll tax and also they'd be paying the property tax on the property plus the jobs you would get,” Mayor Jerry Fannin said.

The facilities are expected to create 34 new jobs.

Mountain Comprehensive Care officials say it will be at least three years before the buildings are finished and open for patients.

Mountain Comprehensive Care also wants to build apartments near the centers so the employees can live near patients.

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