- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

MOUNT HOPE, W.Va. (AP) - Construction is underway for a new drug treatment center in southern West Virginia.

WVVA-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1UFskDt) Open Minds Recovery Services is expected to open by mid-August in Mount Hope. The 100-bed facility will treat males dealing with drug addiction.

Facility manager Calvin Woolwine says that while a $500,000 state grant is covering the costs of specialists and renovations, how many patients they’ll be able to serve dependents on support from surrounding counties.

Woolwine asked the Raleigh County Commission for additional funding on Tuesday. Commission president Dave Tolliver plans to review the proposal.

Woolwine said the center will focus on turning prisoners into patients, possibly saving money and lives along the way.

He says if things go well, they will plan to open a facility for women as well.

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Information from: WVVA-TV, https://www.wvva.com

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