$972K secured for treatment center at former pre-release facility

WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. – Nearly $1 million worth of state funds will help re-purpose the Poplar Hill Pre-Release facility into a regional 24/7 treatment facility.

The Hogan administration has allotted just over $972,000 to retrofit the former Pre-Release facility. Right now on the Eastern Shore, there isn’t a 24/7 facility that can handle people seeking treatment, which is detoxification, residential treatment and housing.

Wicomico County says the hope is to start small with about 20 beds for men and then ultimately up to 60 beds while turning it into a co-ed treatment center.

And this money will help turn this idea into a reality, since it accounts for approx. half of the funds needed to make this happen.

Weston Young, Assistant Director of Administration for Wicomico County says, “We’re going to be moving to try and get it as fast as possible. I think we’re all interested I mean we’re not going to change the opioid epidemic overnight, but at the same time it’s needed and the sooner we can get it up and running the better.”

The nearly $1 million going towards the facility will come from the Hogan administration’s new initiatives to expand substance use prevention and treatment efforts.

Caroline County is the other Eastern Shore county to receive funds, with $750,000 going towards Caroline’s Farming-4-Hunger Food Center.

It’s program that promotes job training for inmates incarcerated due to drug use and educates young people on the dangers of substance use.

Categories: Check It Out, Maryland, Opioid Crisis

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