Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

October 4, 2013

Recovery center a gift from Boyd County


Journal-Times

Oct. 3, 2013 — Rural residents and public officials in Boyd County apparently did Carter County a huge favor last month when they decided not to support the location of a drug and alcohol addiction recovery center at Cannonsburg.

Now it appears likely that the 100-bed residential facility for men will be located in Grayson on property near K-Mart and Smithfield Foods.

Pathways officials acknowledged publicly last week that they had been informed that the Genesis Recovery Kentucky Center would comply with Grayson’s planning and zoning requirements.

The Ashland Independent reported Sunday that Pathways and Recovery Kentucky officials would be attending a City Council meeting in Grayson on Oct. 8 to discuss the project.

Kim McClanahan, Pathways CEO, insists the project is “not a done deal” but, with Friday’s endorsement by Carter Fiscal Court, we believe it will happen and that is wonderful news.

In our view, Carter County is a great location for such a facility, not only for the jobs it will create in construction and operation, but also for the hope and help it will bring to addicts and their family members.

Recovery Kentucky is a joint effort of the Kentucky Department for Local Government, the Kentucky Department for Corrections and the Kentucky Housing Corporation.

The Genesis facility is among four new centers being planned across the state. Currently, there are 10 Recovery Kentucky centers statewide, including one in Rowan County – the Morehead Inspiration Center.

We applaud the political courage of Judge-Executive Charles Wallace for being the first elected official to speak out publicly in favor of such a facility.

All county and city officials should be supportive of the proposed $8 million investment because Carter County’s addiction problems are painfully real to its citizens.

If the Grayson site gets final approval, construction would begin in February and the facility could open its doors about a year later.

Pathways, Inc., which operates the Morehead recovery center, is no stranger to Carter and nine other area counties.

That non-profit corporation is staffed by behavioral health treatment professionals with nearly 50 years of successful experience in promoting the emotional health and well being of our citizens and communities.

Pathways is a recognized leader in mental health care, in the prevention and treatment of alcohol and other addictions, and in providing services for individuals with mental retardation or developmental disabilities.

It is critically important that Carter County does not allow the NIMBYs (not in my backyard) or the CAVEs (citizens against virtually everything) to derail this badly needed project.