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Medication assisted treatment facility, which will dispense methadone to patients, to open in Grass Valley

The manager of a new Grass Valley medication assisted treatment facility, which will administer substances including methadone to patients, will speak to the public at 12:30 p.m. today at the 109 Margaret Lane center.

Nicole Kloncz, clinic manager of both the Marysville and Grass Valley medication units, said she understands why some people are concerned about the facility. Scheduled for a mid-April opening, the Grass Valley facility will have some 20 to 25 patients visit six days a week. Patients will travel to Marysville one day a week for counseling services.

"That's what the community would expect to see," Kloncz said. "Twenty to 25 patients coming in, getting their medication and moving on with their day."

Patients will take their medication in front of a dispensing nurse at the facility, she added.

Terry Matthews, who lives in the area, said she's opposed to the center. She plans on attending today's gathering. She wants to learn if Aegis Treatment Centers, which operates the facility, searched for other locations, how it gained permission to operate in the area and why residents had no chance to discuss the development.

"If that doesn't work, then we'll get picket signs," Matthews said.

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According to Kloncz, her facility contacted residents about 18 months ago, when it first began the process of opening the center. The bureaucracy involved in opening the facility took over a year.

"There's a lot of approvals we have to get," she said.

The Grass Valley facility means many patients will forego traveling to Marysville each day, and instead must only go once a week for counseling. She said many Grass Valley patients struggle because they can't receive services here, Kloncz said.

Attendees to today's gathering will hear from Kloncz, as well as a Nevada County employee involved in the Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Program and patient advocates. Kloncz will then answer questions, she said.

"We welcome people to be there," she added.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.

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What: Discussion about new medication assisted treatment facility

Where: 109 Margaret Lane, Grass Valley

When: 12:30 p.m. today