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New Addiction Treatment Centers Secure $30 Million Investment
A private foundation is going to be making a $30 million investment in four new drug addiction treatment centers in Macon County.
By: Addiction Now
The investment will go toward the implementation of different addiction treatment services that will mainly assist local low-income community members.
The investment comes from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and was announced by its Chairman and CEO Howard Buffet on August 8.
Buffet stated that the $30 million will be addressing the wellness of the community "at multiple levels."
Crossing Healthcare is the organization that will be in charge of the four new addiction treatment centers.
One center will offer drug detox to up to eight patients and inpatient rehab to approximately 50 people. One facility will accommodate 64 individuals who are transitioning to their regular lives after reaching sobriety. Outpatient services are going to be offered in another facility while the fourth will welcome the operations of an early childhood development group.
The services will be provided in one main campus located north to the downtown area of Decatur that will be built with the money provided by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.
The foundation's CEO — who has volunteered for the Sheriff's Office of Macon County for years and was sworn in as the Sheriff of the county about a year ago — also highlighted that the capital should be able to assist the local county jail and law enforcement officials tackle the challenges caused by substance abuse and addiction.
The economic impact of the new drug addiction treatment centers is estimated to be $14 million a year while the construction will employ about 200 people during 18 months to two years.
Decatur officials highlighted that they are going to try to make all necessary arrangements with the local planning commission and city council to get the construction started as soon as possible.