Project aims to extend addiction treatment, recovery services

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The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)’s Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative recently awarded Wayne County, Pa., a $1.5 million grant.

Funding will be for the development of a substance abuse treatment center at SCI Waymart.

Treatment and recovery services are very limited or nonexistent in the county and the surrounding region. The SCI-Waymart project aims to create service accessibility and availability and to support individuals in recovery who seek to attain and maintain employment.

The county plans to develop a 420-acre site at the State Correctional Institution (SCI)-Waymart property and transform it into a multidiscipline treatment, rehabilitation, and long-term care center.

The project will be completed in three phases: phase one is the construction of the treatment facility, phase two is the addition of skills-based training, and phase three is job creation through industrial development, housing options, and commercial amenities.

“We are thrilled with the ARC POWER grant and sincerely appreciate the guidance we received from the state and federal ARC offices to achieve this grant award,” Mary Beth Wood, Wayne Economic Development Corp. executive director, said. “This project will fill current service gaps and help thousands of individuals transition through recovery to meaningful employment,”

The U.S. Department of Labor also awarded the Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance a $327,497 grant.

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