CoRR plans new treatment center with $9M loan |

CoRR plans new treatment center with $9M loan

With a $9 million federal loan in hand, Community Recovery Resources is poised to substantially expand its ability to fight substance abuse in the region.

The $9.3 million, 40-year loan with 4 percent interest from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will fund four new buildings, totaling 33,000 square feet, for treatment, care and prevention.

The new facility will be called the Center for Hope – the first comprehensive residential drug treatment center in western Nevada County.

Planned for 3 acres off Sierra College Drive, construction is slated to begin in spring 2011, and open a year later, said Development Director Ariel King Lovett.

“The four buildings will provide continuity of care including intensive detoxification, residential treatment and after-care,” King Lovett said. “It’s an embodiment of CoRR’s holistic philosophy of care with the family at the center.”

One building will be able to house up to 25 men, 15 women and 10 of their children during the rehab process. Another building will be able to house up to five of those people’s families for short stays during rehab, King Lovett said.

Other areas on the campus will focus on transitioning residents to self-sufficiency and prevention through education, she added.

The new building represents a 250 percent increase in capacity for the group, which now can only house eight women in recovery.

“Our region demonstrates the highest need for treatment,” King Lovett said.

A Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services study in 2009 showed the area including Nevada County had the highest rate in California for those needing but not receiving treatment for alcohol and illicit drug use.

CoRR has been serving the region since 1974 and grew to respond to a 2005 grand jury report saying the abuse of methamphetamine had grown to an “epidemic” level, King Lovett said.

Revenue for the center that will go to pay back the loan comes from private payments from people in the program, insurance for those covered for care, government contracts and grants, and private donations, she added.

The USDA’s Community Facilities Program grants such loans for rural infrastructure such as fire departments, hospitals and other health care, she said.

“This is the first of its type they’ve done. They’re taking an unprecedented step in funding this kind of center,” King Lovett said.

CoRR recently received the County Alcohol and Drug Program Administrators Association of California Treatment and Recovery Award.

To contact Staff Writer Greyson Howard, e-mail or call (530) 477-4237.

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