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Lorain hospital might add detox services in future


ELYRIA — Mercy Health could play a major role in Recovery One and Lorain County’s attempt to fight the opioid crisis.

County Administrator Jim Cordes said at a county commissioners meeting Wednesday the hospital on Lorain’s west side had extensive talks with the county about providing detox services for Recovery One, which is a one-stop recovery facility that the Nord Family Foundation, The LCADA Way, Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board of Lorain County and the Lorain County Board of Mental Health are partnering with the commissioners to open at the former Golden Acres facility.

“The goal for Recovery One is a one-stop, holistic approach to recovery, and detox is part of that, but we don’t currently have any detox centers in the county,” he said. “And they don’t want to offer detox services and there not be anywhere for people to go afterward, so that’s where the Recovery One piece fits in.”

Cordes said nothing is set in stone about the potential Mercy partnership but it would be beneficial to both parties.

“They want to make sure there’s a continuum of care for people after they leave detox, and that’s something we would provide,” he said. “And it also gives us the ability to focus on other things more fully such as medical-assisted therapy and recovery housing.”

Cordes said he understands Mercy’s hesitancy to offer detox services without anywhere for patients to go afterward because Mercy shouldn’t bear the blame for any relapses.

A partnership with Mercy also wouldn’t preclude the county from needing a levy passed.

Last month, the county commissioners voted to place a five-year, 0.30-mill levy on the Nov. 6 general election ballot that will raise $2 million annually. The commissioners said the levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $10.50 annually.

“There would still be costs in the other services we’d be offering,” Cordes said.

In a statement to The Chronicle-Telegram, Mercy Health said it “continues to explore ways to help build a healthier Lorain County and support those who need services most. We have been exploring and learning more about the Recovery One project and will continue to evaluate the needs of those seeking this level of care.”

Contact Katie Nix at (440) 329-7129 or Find her on Facebook and Twitter @KatieHNix.

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