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MASON COUNTY —Grant money will now enable Prestera to put its plan into action for a level two recovery center in Mason County. The center could be up and running in as little as three months’ time.

At Monday’s meeting of the Mason County Anti-Drug Coalition, Tim White of Prestera Center for Mental Health Services announced that the center has applied for and won a $125,000 state grant for a men’s addictions recovery residence.

Funding will come from the Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Behavioral and Health Facilities.

A release from Prestera states that Mason County “is suffering from the drug epidemic. There has been a 300 percent increase in prescription drug-related overdoses since 2001.”

Diana Riddle, member of the coalition, said that nine core members were present at the meeting on Monday afternoon.

“It was a great turnout for short notice,” Riddle said. “We are excited and glad that the community supported the home.”

Prestera’s release said that “this project is significant to Prestera Center because of the lack of recovery homes in Mason County and the overwhelming support from the community for this project.”

“Letters of support from the community were the key deciding factor,” Riddle said.

White said that Prestera decided on a male unit; this decision, he said, was based on data they had for the need in the county.

The release from Prestera went on to say that the “residence will compliment the professional mental health and addictions recovery services offered through the Mason County office located in Point Pleasant. The next steps for this project include securing a home large enough to house at least six men, renovations to meet State Fire Marshall standards and Office of Health Facilities, Licensure and Certification (OHFLAC) standards, finding furnishings, hiring staff and selecting residents. The project expects to be operational and serving individuals in as soon as three months.”

Prestera Center provides mental health and addiction recovery services at over 50 different locations across eight counties in West Virginia. Prestera Center’s 850 staff members provide care to over 20,000 people each year, regardless of their ability to pay.

In addition to Riddle, coalition members attending Monday’s meeting were Mason County Commissioner Rick Handley, Robin and Larry Jones of Point Financial, Greg Kaylor and Georgianna Tillis of Pleasant Valley Hospital, Juan McCabe of Juvenile Reporting, Diana Randolph of Prestera and Anna Maria Butler.

“We are excited and glad the community supported the home,” said Riddle.

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