The proposed sober living center that has been on the subject of public outcry this week will be the topic of a question-and-answer session next week.
The Ohio Citizen Advocates for Addiction and Recovery will be hosting a public panel as the county looks to open a facility at the site of a former restaurant in Medina. The Columbus-based nonprofit will present information on recovery and recovery centers and will take audience questions noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fire Station 1 on Reagan Parkway.
The county is considering placing the center in the vacant Medina Steak & Seafood restaurant at 538 W. Liberty St., which has been closed for two years.
County Chief Probation Officer Veronica Perry previously told The Gazette that the facility would be a safe place for those who have completed addiction recovery.
She has also secured a grant from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction for $300,000 to start the facility, which would welcome people who have battled alcohol or drug addiction. The county hopes to lease the restaurant from owner Kenneth Collins. A Lakewood chef has expressed interest in purchasing the building.
The prospective center has been the topic of controversy lately as nearby homeowners oppose the location of the center. Many of the residents said they weren’t necessarily against the facility, but didn’t want it in their neighborhood.
Earlier this month, county commissioners gave a letter of intent to Perry to open the facility.
Ohio Citizen Advocates for Addiction Recovery says it’s committed to advocating for those in and seeking recovery, and fighting against the stigma and discrimination associated with addiction.
OCAAR is the facilitator of the Statewide Network for Recovery Community Organizations, which offers a support system to such organizations across the state by connecting them to each other and resources.
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