The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services announced that it will distribute $10 million to create new recovery housing beds in the state. The investment in recovery housing will help former substance abusers fight addiction long-term after they complete detox and treatment services.
The one-time investment is in response to the highest rate of opioid deaths ever in the state. In 2012, 150 Ohioans died from unintentional drug overdoses. “The opiate crisis has effectively changed the face of addiction in many communities, and making these timely investments undoubtedly will improve access to treatment, recovery and stability,” said Tracy Plouck, executive director for Mental Health and Addiction Services.
The funding will create 657 new recovery housing beds and will assure that there are recovery houses in half the counties in Ohio. Monies from the funding will be allocated to the recovery house providers who requested for money to build new residences. Governor John Kasich defined recovery housing as a necessary resource for addiction treatment and recovery.
Part of the new state legislation dictates all regional behavioral health boards must provide recovery housing for those who want it by 2016. To assure continued success of recovery houses, the State Mental Health and Addiction Services is collaborating with the Ohio Council of Behavioral Health and Family Services Providers to form Ohio Recovery Housing.
Ohio Recovery Housing is a non profit organization meant to certify and help recovery housing providers across the state. A database will be created to help track certification of recovery houses in the state. Also, any future funding will be designated to only the recovery houses that have been certified by Ohio Recovery Housing.