It’s located near the Adult Detention Center.
Frederick, Md (KM) A detox center is now open in Frederick County. The facility, located over the Work Release Center on Marcies Choice Lane near the Adult Detention Center, will provide treatment and recovery for residents with drug and/or alcohol addictions.
The announcement was made on Tuesday by County Executive Jan Gardner during her public information briefing on Tuesday. “Recovery is a long and difficult journey,” she said in a statement. “We can help on that journey by making treatment and services available in our community.”
Over the years, Sheriff Chuck Jenkins says he’s been approached by citizens at meetings with the public who’ve have asked him about local treatment facilities for family or friends. “The question was this ‘Sheriff, I have a family member with a serious addiction problem. Where can I take them to get the treatment to get them off the street?’ Basically, a detox facility. My answer was always, every single night, to look ’em in the eye and say: ‘I don’t have an answer for you. There’s no place to go,”’ he said.
Three years ago, Jenkins says he offered part of the Work Release Center, which was underutilized, as a detox facility. “Here we are today three years later: opening the doors to a drug detox and rehab facility that’s going to benefit all of our citizens, and I believe we’ll actually save lives,” he says.
Health Officer Dr. Barbara Brookmyer says this center will make a difference. “The opening of this location will significantly expand our ability to serve the community locally, and reducing wait times for inpatient care,” she said. “Our residents deserve access to care closer to home and when they need it.”
The facility will be run by Maryland Treatment Centers which received a $500,000 grant from the county to establish the facility. The money was used to expand the level of care at the Mount Manor’s Center in Emmitsburg, and open a second location at the Work Release Center at Marcies Choice Lane. In total, 46 beds are available for detox patients in Frederick County.
Mountain Manor at Marcies Choice is located on the second floor of the Work Release Center, and has its own separate entrance. The rehabilitation work on the second floor was done by the Frederick County Division of Public Works and funded with a grant from the state.
Those with addiction problems can call the Frederick County Health Department’s Behavioral Health Care Services at 301-600-1755, or go on line to http//.health.frederickcounty.gov/BHS. They can also send an e-mail to BHS@FrederickCountyMD.gov.
By Kevin McManus