KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. — A 48 bed inpatient recovery center that aims to be the regional leader for helping people with substance use disorders opens Monday in the Eastern Panhandle.
The formerly empty building at 3094 Charles Town Road sits off of Route 9 near the Martinsburg VA Medical Center. Funding for the $4 million project was a collaboration between Mountaineer Behavioral Health in Martinsburg, state and local officials.
“I’m really grateful to be here today and we were pleased to work with the legislature,” West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said. “When all of us look at the terrible opioid epidemic I think we have to know there’s a long road ahead, but there are some bright spots in the futures. Today is a bright spot in Berkeley County.”
At a Friday ribbon cutting and open house, local residents and leaders were able to tour the campus. Services include outpatient treatment, a 28-30 day residential program, medication-assisted treatment, life skills training and peer recovery support services.
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Among the congressional delegation in attendance was Sen. Charles Trump (Morgan, 15). Trump said helping to resolve the drug epidemic is among the top non-partisan items.
“Republicans and democrats, there are families that are affected by this all over the state and in every corner of this state,” Sen. Charles Trump said. “We believe there that there are no throw away people.”
Architect George Harne of Myersville, Maryland. designed the building. Minghini’s General Contractors of Martinsburg did the construction work.
“This is fantastic,” U.S. Attorney Bill Powell said. “In today’s climate when you have government, business, community members all identifying a problem and working together and then solving the problem. I’ve looked around this place just in awe and I am leaving this place so optimistic.”
Funding for the facility came almost entirely from the Ryan Brown Grant through the Department of Health and Human Resources. The $20.8 million grant was distributed through nine drug addiction programs across West Virginia, including Mountaineer.
A surprise came when Mountaineer Recovery Center Business Development Chief Kevin Knowles announced the facility’s great room will be named after Ryan Brown.
The Ryan Brown grant was initiated by CeCe Brown after her son, Ryan, overdosed in a bathroom at the Charleston Town Center Mall in April of 2014, days before he was scheduled to leave for treatment. The fund was created under a law passed in 2017 that is meant to assist in the allocation of additional treatments beds in the state.
“It’s amazing, this beautiful place that you all have created,” CeCe Brown said. “Many people are going to be walking through that door. They won’t have to drive across the state to get help and you’re going to see that people do recover and communities do change. Families do heal.”
For more information on Mountaineer Recovery Center, call 304-901-2070 or visit mountaineerrecovery.com.