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Recovery Center of Medina County looks to boost staffing

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MEDINA — The Recovery Center of Medina County is hoping to supplement its services by hiring a case manager.

The center applied for a $25,000 grant with the Medina County Drug Abuse Commission on Monday to help pay for the position.

Brandon Chrostowski, consultant to the center, said the position is part time but much needed since the center is getting more people coming into the center now due to publicity.

The case manager would help new clients with their recovery process. If approved for the grant, he expects to have a case manager on board in six months.

The Recovery Center of Medina, 538 W. Liberty St., Medina, which opened last summer thanks to a state grant obtained by county officials, has various programs to aid in recovery. They range from GED training and peer support to vocational training in hospitality. It is not a treatment facility, but they have a referral and resource center.

The center originally partnered with Robby’s Voice, which cut ties over the decision to serve alcohol at Serenite Culinary Institute and Restaurant. Opening last month, the French restaurant on the center’s premises is staffed by culinary students going through recovery.

There are 10 clients in the program, which offers lessons ranging from culinary skills to how to run a restaurant.

Serenite has seen steady business since it opened March 29, Chrostowski said.

Serenite is fashioned after Chrostowski’s other culinary institute, Edwins Leadership & Restaurant in Shaker Heights, which teaches job skills to people who were previously incarcerated.

Chrostowski said positions in the organization are driven by needs. He said Edwin’s has 14 to 15 staff members to assist with services. Chrostowski said right now the Medina center is sustaining services with a full-time manager and a peer support professional as more clients come to the center.

Because of that, Chrostowski said, many services aren’t being covered. Additionally, the needs of someone undergoing recovery are ongoing.

“There have been shifts in funding, of how Medicaid (and private insurance) is being reimbursed,” he said. “It takes a lot of force to change addiction.”

Brian Nowak, director of MCDAC, said the Recovery Center of Medina County is one of 18 applicants that submitted grant proposals. He said the board will review the applications and make recommendations at the board meeting May 7 about who gets the grants and what level of funding will be given. The information will then go to the Medina County commissioners for approval.

Nowak said there are eligibility guidelines to the grants and recipients must give progress reports. The grants are distributed on a yearly basis. The funding for the grants comes from a five-year levy that was passed in 1987 with voters renewing it ever since. It was last renewed in 2015.

The money is used to fund drug enforcement, prevention and treatment programs.

Chrostowski said if they don’t get the grant, they will have to stretch and bend with staffing.

“It might mean coming in earlier and leaving later, but we will find a way to make it happen (with the present staff),” he said.

Contact reporter Cindy Breda at (330) 721-4012 or cbreda@medina-gazette.com.



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