Westbrook requests deed to Amity facility

PARKERSBURG — Westbrook Health Services is asking the county to turn the Amity Treatment Center facility over to the mental health care provider as it looks at replacing the roof.

During their regular meeting Monday, Wood County commissioners asked representatives of Westbrook to submit a formal request in writing for consideration.

Westbrook leases the facility on Mission Drive in Parkersburg from the county. It provides 28-day inpatient adult residential treatment for men and women battling substance abuse.

Replacement of the leaking roof is estimated to cost in the neighborhood of $38,000 to $40,000, according to John Rockhold, president of Westbrook’s board. Owning the property would facilitate getting a loan for the work and give Westbrook the opportunity to do more at the site, he said.

“Our thinking was … if they’ll just deed the building over to us, we’ll fix it,” Rockhold said. “We need some more space anyway.”

In December, it was announced that Westbrook would receive $1 million from the state of West Virginia for drug treatment services. Rockhold said that could be used toward an expansion at the Amity site, although plans are still being formulated.

“We’re just trying to look at a way to best serve the community,” he said.

In other business, the commissioners heard from Hernando Escandon, director of the Wood County Day Report Center, and Toni Tiano, grant consultant, about the center’s community corrections grant.

“This will be the 15th year of funding,” Tiano said. “We’ve always asked for the maximum of $600,000 but never received it. What we usually get is the $400,000 for the center.”

The day report center also has clients from Jackson and Roane counties reporting to staff at the Garfield Avenue location.

“Last year (fiscal 2016-17) the referral docket had more than 400 people on it,” said Escandon. “That was a 10 percent increase over the previous year.”

Commission President Blair Couch said the application of the grant would be again for $600,000 but added the commission wouldn’t know until mid-June how much the center would receive.

The center is funded by grants and county funds while offering case management, treatment and community service as well as assessments for court-appointed clients.

Tiano and Escandon said if the application goes from the requested $600,000 to the expected $400,000 the county match becomes the difference. Total funding comes from several sources.

The grant assists in paying salaries and benefits of employees in Wood, Roane and Jackson counties.