Demand for Addicts’ Help Will Require Expansion
Authored by Vlad Grubyy
WESTMINSTER — Recovery Centers of America will seek a permit to nearly double the number of treatment beds available at its Westminster campus, its chief executive said Tuesday.
“There is a tremendous demand, and we don’t have enough capacity to handle all of the people who are looking for treatment,” said Chief Executive Officer Michael Stuart.
The drug and alcohol addiction treatment company opened in Westminster in 2016. Last December, a 12,000 square-foot addition was completed that is expected to house the facility’s drug inpatient detoxification program.
The expansion will allow the campus to increase the number of beds available to patients in both the detoxification and clinical stabilization level of treatment, from the 48 beds available currently up to 90, Stuart said.
Forty would be detoxification beds, and 50 for continued care, said Stuart.
Once the expansion opens the company plans to hire 50 additional full-time equivalent employees on top of its current staff of 125, he said.
The state’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services still has to license the facility before the new wing can open, said Stuart.
Stuart, who was hired last March as chief executive of Recovery Centers of America’s campus is Westminster, said he does not know when the new wing will open.
The center is currently “working closely with the state” to renew licensing for its existing beds, Stuart said. Once that happens it can pursue licensing the new capacity.
Stuart emphasized that the center’s plan to use the space to house its detoxification program could change based on feedback from the state.
Despite an investigation by the Commonwealth following the deaths of two patients at its Danvers location last year, Recovery Centers of America has plans to expand in several states.
According to spokeswoman Kerri Delcollo, a 62-bed facility in Devon, Pennsylvania will add 40,000 square-feet and 40 new beds next month. Plans to expand a 53-bed facility at Mays Landing in New Jersey in September are underway.
Patients at the Westminster center typically complete a 30-day inpatient treatment program that can be funded out-of-pocket or through private insurance.
At the Route 2 campus sits a large main building with the new addition attached, and ten smaller “cottages,” according to site plans, which house various amenities.
According to Stuart, the recovery center hopes to make inroads with those facing addiction in Westminster and surrounding towns and cities, places where the center’s patients increasingly live.
“More and more this has become a local treatment center,” he said. “We’re seeing more people from this community, whereas when we started about a year ago, a lot of people were from other parts of the state.”
The center’s outpatients and community center was also recently permitted so that outside recovery groups can hold meetings there.
“We’re going to allocate times where support groups can come in and use the space,” he said.