Drug and Alcohol Detox Center to Close

By: Elizabeth Lamb Email
By: Elizabeth Lamb Email

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va -- Ashley Gardner is mother who visited the Valley Community Services Board, VCSB, to help her family. She was sad to learn New Hope Detox Center is closing, but she still has hope.

“It's kind of a disappointment, but, there's other places they can go for help,” said Gardner.

Gardner said some of her family members have struggled with addictions. New Hope's closing will leave families, like the Gardner's, with fewer options for help.

“I think they should keep it open because so many people suffer from addiction. It's sad, because there goes something down the drain that could be somebody's help.”

New Hope Detox Center has about 16 patient beds, but on average, only about half of those beds are used. That factored in the decision to close down the center next spring.

Neysa Simmers, the community service board's CEO, said they have had less money to work with this fiscal year. That led to their decision to close the center.

“It's a very frustrating decision to make,” said Simmers. “It was very difficult, regretful in many ways, but if we don't have a sustainable model, it has risk of taking money away from other programs that are also needed.”

Leftover money from the decision to close New Hope will go to other programs, like outpatient therapy. Gardner said the center's closing could eventually help her family in other ways, especially for her son, for whom she wants to get help.

“It would mean a lot. I want my son to be straightened out, get him on task and everything, so, it would definitely mean a lot,” said Gardner.

The center officially closes it s doors next spring and 13 employees will be affected. VCSB is working with them to find jobs that best suit their skills and needs.

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