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Grant helps support Youngstown detox facility

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Valley charities are benefiting from $45,000 in grant money from the Western Reserve Health Foundation. The foundation's mission is to improve the well-being of Mahoning County residents by supporting innovative programs and services that address community health needs.

Three organizations awarded the funding on Thursday are the Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic, $25,000; the American Red Cross, $10,000; and the Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries, $10,000.

The first round of grants for 2014 is the first distribution since the foundation, previously held under Forum Health, was released from Chapter 11 in Bankruptcy Court.

One of Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic's most recent initiatives is a plan to construct an eight-bed recovery-supportive housing unit being built near the clinic's  Main Campus in Youngstown.

The facility, to be named the Frank & Pearl Gelbman Recovery House, will offer a supportive sober-living environment for patients who need more structure than a regular outpatient program provides, but who no longer require medical monitoring. Groundbreaking for the facility is scheduled by June 15, 2014, with occupancy set for January 2015.

"The need for detox services in the Mahoning Valley has increased significantly over the past decade due, in large part, to the alarming increase of prescription-drug and heroin abuse," said Jerry Carter, Executive Director of the clinic. "According to the most recent data available from the Ohio Department of Health, opiate-related overdose deaths in our region increased 775 percent from 2000 through 2011."

NKRC is the sole regional resource for non-hospital, community-based medical detoxification services. For many patients with substance-use disorders, detox is first step toward recovery.

The new recovery-supportive home will allow the clinic to serve an estimated 400 additional patients annually who require detoxification services, as well as up to 188 more people per year in the recovery-supportive housing program.

The Red Cross is offering a Nurse Assistant Training program providing workforce training for future State Tested Nurse Assistants or home health aids. The program creates $10-$12 per hour jobs and most graduates are employed before the classes end because nursing homes have already recruited the participants.

Goodwill Industries works to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work.

Goodwill plans to use the  $10,000 grant to support it's visual services program. 

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