POINT PLEASANT — Mason County has an opportunity to receive a $200,000 state grant to operate a Level II recovery facility for those overcoming drug addiction.
The facility would be operated and staffed by Prestera and located within the county, at a site that has not been determined.
At Thursday’s meeting of the Mason County Anti-Drug Coalition, Karen Yost, CEO of Prestera, spoke via conference call to those attending the meeting. Yost will be applying for the grant which is due Sept. 23 - that is, if the community supports the project. Yost said she would need letters of support from various community leaders, organizations, the faith-based community and community members.
Yost explained this facility would be located in Mason County at a site to be determined with the support and input of the community. This facility would house around 12 people who have already been through detox and a 28-day sobriety program. In short, these are people who are already sober and trying to get their lives back on track. Also, employment for those living at the facility would be required.
Prestera operates similar facilities in Kanawha and Cabell counties - facilities which are basically homes. The recovey facility in Mason County would be located in a home large enough to house and serve 12 people - the community would also have to decide whether or not the facility would solely be used by male or female clients. Prestera staff would be at the house 16 hours a day. This will be a residential facility and would be a licensed Prestera facility as well.
“These are people at a higher level of recovery,” Yost said of the occupants who would be from Mason County and typically be in the program for a year.
Tim White, also with Prestera, talked about other similar recovery homes in neighboring counties, saying they are often the nicest homes on the block with the home’s occupants responsible for chores, etc. He said these are people who want to be known for something other than being a drug addict and if they mess up while in the house, they are promptly asked to leave.
The Mason County Anti-Drug Coalition seems to be getting behind the project with an objective of obtaining letters of support to go with the grant.
Yost said if the grant is funded, Prestera would have six months to be up and running from the award date. Yost was not sure when that award date would be. Yost said the $200,000 would be to operate the facility for one year and then if successful she would reapply for the grant. She added she felt if the program was a success, it would be more likely to continue to get funded and be sustainable.