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A portion of the Frederick County Work Release Center Center on Marcies Choice Lane off Md. 85 will be converted to a detox facility.

The 28-bed detox facility that will be housed in part of the Frederick County sheriff’s work release center is scheduled to open Dec. 1, 2020, officials said Wednesday.

Bill Roby, executive director of Maryland Treatment Centers Inc. — which operates Mountain Manor Treatment Center in Emmitsburg — said at the county’s heroin consortium meeting Wednesday afternoon that the main challenge moving forward is staffing for both the 18 additional beds in Emmitsburg and the 28 beds at the detox center.

The added services in Emmitsburg were part of Maryland Treatment Centers’ application to run the facility, The Frederick News-Post previously reported.

Roby said after the meeting that staffing at both sites would include nurses, counselors and licensed therapists. He added that he is still determining how many employees would be needed in each location.

In Emmitsburg, the 18 beds would be for intermediate care and “medically managed,” while the 28-bed detox center needs 24-hour nursing and medication management, Roby said.

Service for clients in Emmitsburg would be for up to 30 days, and 30 to 90 days at the detox center, he said. The added beds at Emmitsburg will be ready for service on Jan. 1, 2020, Roby said.

Along with hiring staff — which is competitive statewide because there is a “great need” for workers at detox centers — making sure the facility is separate from the work release center is important, Roby said.

“I think the ability to get on the second floor ... without having to go through the first floor, I think that’s probably the biggest issue,” Roby said. “So staff can go up without having to go through security and the patients would come right in and not have to come through the security.”

County Executive Jan Gardner, who leads the county’s heroin consortium, announced in March that Maryland Treatment Centers would operate the county’s detox center.

Startup costs include $500,000 in county grant funding, $210,000 in grant funding through the state’s health department and an additional $500,000 from Gov. Larry Hogan’s office, The Frederick News-Post previously reported.

Roby said Wednesday the staffers at both locations will be paid for through individual billing. Most of that money would come from Medicaid or similar payment, he added.

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Steve Bohnel is the county government reporter for the Frederick News-Post. He can be reached at sbohnel@newspost.com. He graduated from Temple University, with a journalism degree in May 2017, and is a die-hard Everton F.C. fan.

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