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Jefferson Behavioral Health System has facility to meet demands

Updated: Friday, May 9 2014, 06:30 PM EDT

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio -- You have probably heard of the Jefferson Behavioral Health System.
And you may have heard about the work being done there there treating and assisting those addicted to drugs and alcohol.
But what you may not know is their workload has hit an all-time high -- and they say heroin is to blame.
In a new location along N. 4th Street in the heart of downtown Steubenville, the new facility promises to offer a convenient location for those suffering from drug or alcohol abuse.
It allows them to expand into areas where that they haven't been able to assist like anger management or support groups for children whose parents may be recovering addicts.
It also provides members of the Community Outreach Recovery Environment with a larger space to help and treat their growing number of clients.
The services were provided near the hospital as recently as March, but officials say the space wasn't adequate, citing the number of clients each of their therapists see on a monthly bases.
That number has grown to about 80.
That's hundreds of people in and out of the facility and officials say the majority are opioid dependent.
“It's grown significantly,” said Kim Vich, drug and alcohol administrator at the facility. “It's really not a problem, it's an epidemic, it truly is. Eighty to 85 percent of the people who walk through our doors are opioid dependents. It could be higher but it's 80-85 percent."
Officials said they do take walk-ins and money is not an issue.
Anyone in need of treatment will get the care and the time they deserve.

Jefferson Behavioral Health System has facility to meet demands

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