Earlier this year Howard County officials began taking steps towards opening a residential detoxification center in the county. They secured $250,000 in their FY 18 capital budget and formed a team to find a location for the center.
That team is now exploring short- and long-term options for the location.
In the short-term, Howard County is looking to partner with Carroll County and to use a floor of the Springfield Hospital Center in Sykesville to provide services. This option would also depend on the Behavioral Health Administration approving, and potentially funding, renovations to Springfield which is a state owned facility.
The Baltimore Sun reports:
DeLorenzo said the county is looking at the possibility of using a floor of the medical and surgical building at the state-owned Springfield Hospital Center in Sykesville as a way to provide some residential care in the short-term, before it can open a larger, long-term facility. The center, located in Carroll County, would be open to any state resident, but given its proximity to Howard County, would primarily serve Howard and Carroll county residents, DeLorenzo said.
The article continues to report that for the long-term option the county is in discussions with Howard County General Hospital over the possibility of having a space on the hospital’s campus.
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