County moves ahead with drug treatment center expansion

Greg Gross

York County is moving forward with plans to expand its drug treatment center to more than double the number of beds in the facility.

Commissioners heard at their weekly meeting Wednesday two plans to increase the size of the county-owned facility in the county complex in Springettsbury Township.

Option one would be to add 11,400 square feet to the existing 16,630-square-foot center, allowing for 45 additional beds for a total of 69. The second option would be to increase the building size by 13,800 square feet to make way for 65 additional beds, for a total of 85 beds, said Erin Himmelberger, a project manager with York City-based architectural and engineering firm LSC Design.

Both options include the renovation of a 2,600-square-foot portion of the building, she said.

Exactly which option commissioners will undertake will be determined after they receive construction bids.

The center: The facility, which is managed by White Deer Run, currently has 24 beds, said Michelle Hovis, executive director  of the county's Humans Services Department.

The expansion is needed because there simply aren't enough beds for everyone seeking treatment. At any given time, 16 people are not able to get into the facility, Hovis said.

"We do think there is a great need," she said.

Since the facility is owned by the county, York County residents typically make up the majority of those being treated there. In December, 90 percent of people being treated there were Yorkers, Hovis said.

Help: The facility at 106 Davis Drive offers detox and rehabilitation, among other services, for adults with substance abuse, chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health disorders issues.

The expansion project is just one of many efforts the county is taking on to aid drug users seeking to get clean.

The county's Humans Services Department is also working to expand methadone and outpatient treatment in the Hanover area, and a halfway house recently opened on East Market Street in York City, Hovis said.

York County has seen a surge in the number of heroin-related deaths the past two years. There were 62 such deaths in 2014 and 56 confirmed heroin-related, with an additional eight suspected as of last week, deaths in 2015.

"The heroin crisis has brought this to the forefront," Hovis said after the meeting.

Approval:  Commissioners put their stamp of approval to move forward with the facility expansion when they approved a $428,800 contract with C.S. Davidson to oversee the project. There is $3.2 million available for construction.

Under the current timetable, bids are expected to be opened in August or September and crews would break ground in October, with the project wrapping up in July 2017, Himmelberger said.

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