Members of addiction treatment programs forced to leave housing accommodations temporarily

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – Last week the Pine Haven homeless shelter in Beckley had many people staying there through the FMRS Health Systems’ Learn and Mothers addiction treatment programs be forced to leave. 

Many in the community are concerned that they were forced to leave Pine Haven, and are worried that the programs have been canceled.

Dr. Randall Venable, Chief Clinical Officer at FMRS, says that the programs are not shutting down, but they are currently looking to relocate people in those programs. 

“Due to the issues with the coronavirus, Pine Haven has drastically reduced their census and had to make room to prepare should they have any type of outbreak over there. And so we had to at least temporarily pause our arrangement for the residential portion of the treatment program,” he said.

Until a new residential arrangement is found, the programs will be conducted primarily online through TeleHealth. 

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