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Wadsworth drug treatment facility will take patients soon

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A residential drug treatment facility at Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Medical Center can accommodate 16 male patients at a time. ALYSSA ALFANO / GAZETTE

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WADSWORTH — Medina County’s first residential drug treatment facility will take patients soon.

Community Assessment and Treatment Services, or CATS, will operate the 16-bed dorm-style facility for men at Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Medical Center, 195 Wadsworth Road.

CATS signed a five-year lease agreement with the hospital.

Robert Newman, development director for CATS, said Friday that $400,000 in renovations turned a physical therapy facility into a substance abuse center at the hospital. It took about six months to complete.

Although renovations have been finished, the facility does not have patients yet.

“We started reaching out to referral services like the courts … anyone who might have someone who was looking for residential treatment,” said Robert Newman, development director for CATS. “What we are waiting on is the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. They have to certify the facility.”

Newman said the hope is to begin offering services by July 16.

The services performed by CATS will be different than those provided by the Recovery Center of Medina County in Medina.

“The Recovery Center is for post-treatment clients,” Newman said. “So, it is for clients who have finished residential treatment or who had outpatient treatment and completed that.”

He said that the recovery center focuses more on maintaining a sober lifestyle and focusing on sober activities, as well as helping clients find jobs. At CATS, they will focus on the mental and physical recovery of addicts.

The facility will have many programs to help treat the patients and keep them busy.

“One is going to be based off of the 12 steps and then it’s going to include ‘Seeking Safety,’ which is going to focus on making sure patients are OK, especially with mental health,” said Whitney Grimes-Peak, program manager for the facility.

“We also have the bridges to freedom and that’s going to be focusing on behavior. So, it will focus more on the criminal thinking and cognitive changes,” Grimes-Peak said.

Patients also will have access to group therapy on a daily basis. There will be counselors at the facility day and night.

Judge Joyce V. Kimbler spoke briefly at the ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday in support of the new facility.

“I can tell you that based upon my experience on the job that they are evidenced-based, they are holistic, and they really care about people,” she said about the staff at CATS.

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano

at (330) 721- 4063 or aalfano@medina-gazette.com.

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