Wood County Commission approves Pleasants DRC operation

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission voted Thursday to include the operations of the Pleasants County Day Report Center under the Wood County Day Report Center.

The commission voted unanimously to approve the measure. The Day Report Centers are a Substance Abuse Rehab Clinic and provides treatment to people with drug addiction and other substance abuse problems.

Pleasants County Commissioner Larry Barnhart appeared before the commission to answer questions.

The Wood County Day Report Center Board recently met and were informed by officials from its Pleasants County counterpart that the Day Report Center in Doddridge County had decided not to continue overseeing their operations or those in Ritchie County.

“The Board voted unanimously to extend our operations into Pleasants County,” said Commission President Blair Couch who also serves on the Wood County Day Report Center Board.

The commission had to give its approval to finalize the deal.

Pleasants County is unique in that its DRC is housed in a building owned by the county whereas such facilities in Roane and Jackson County, overseen by Wood County, rent facilities.

Officials also praised the director of the Pleasants County DRC Doyle Munday, a former Pleasants sheriff’s deputy, and said they appreciated the focus on finding employment for clients and helping them make the progress they need.

“He knows the ins and outs of the court system,” Barnhart said. “He knows the people. … He does a great job for us.”

Couch said more classes and services should be offered in Pleasants County with Wood County’s support.

There is concern that grants the Wood County DRC receives would not be increased to cover additional counties brought aboard, he said.

“We hope they will,” Couch said.

Wood County Grant Coordinator Toni Tiano said there was a increase when the Wood County DRC took over operations in Roane and Jackson County. However, that has been several years ago.

“There are more DRCs out there now,” she said. “We are told there are more agencies out there and less funding available.”

The limit for funding for the state was set at $600,000. Tiano said that is the amount they will request. Last year, the Wood County DRC was given $370,000.

“We are going to make it a big focus that we have expanded our program,” Couch said.

The Wood County Commission is asking the Pleasants County Commission to contribute $25,000 towards the Wood County DRC for taking over operations at the Pleasants County site. Couch said that is what is asked of the other counties the DRC oversees.

Barnhart said they will be putting that question on their agenda.

Officials said they have a verbal agreement in place. The Pleasants County Commission will be going through the work to make it official, including a memorandum of understanding outlining what services will be covered.