$3M to help open long-term drug treatment center for women

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — As part of a plan to distribute nearly $21 million for nine anti-substance abuse programs throughout West Virginia, the state Department of Health and Human Resources is allocating a $3 million grant for a faith-based group to open a long-term care center for women.

The Intelligencer reports Heart2Heart/Living Free Ohio Valley Inc. President Sharon Travis says the grant will purchase the former Paul VI Pastoral Center and establish the new drug treatment center, which will serve approximately 100 women.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston spokesman Tim Bishop said church officials closed the 35-room center because of declining use.

Travis says priority will be given to northern West Virginia residents and those who have overdosed within the last 30 days or are active users.

The center plans to open in 2018.

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