The Healing Place to nearly double capacity for men in 24 months

Addiction treatment center, The Healing Place, announced Tuesday plans to expand its West Market Street men’s campus, nearly doubling the capacity for detox beds and adding 200 beds to its long-term recovery facility. This $29 million expansion is expected to take 24 months, with the center able to operate at full capacity throughout the process.

At a morning press conference, President┬áKaryn Hascal said that the expansion first became an idea three years ago when addiction numbers, especially heroin addiction, began to spike. The idea became a dream and “now the dream is going to be a reality,” she said.

The Healing Place is turning away more than 300 men and women a month because beds are full, Hascal said.

Kentucky’s Secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet John Tilley said he dreams of the day that those people aren’t turned away. In the United States, he said, only 10 percent of people who need recovery assistance have access to that help. The justice system is overwhelmed by inmates serving out drug-related charges.

Hascal said that The Healing Place “has the overwhelming support of the community.”

For Metro Council President David Yates (D-25), the announcement had profound personal meaning. He said that this past week a childhood friend of his died of a heroin overdose and that his father was a two-time graduate of The Healing Place. “Addiction touches each and every one of us in some way,” he said. Without The Healing Place’s assistance, he said, no one in his family would be where they are today.

Republican Councilwoman Angela Leet (R-7) said that funding for The Healing Place was a bipartisan priority for the council.

The Healing Place has raised 72 percent of the cost for the project, but the center still needs to raise an additional $8.2 million. The lead gift came from the James Graham Brown Foundation, with more than a $1 million contribution.

The Healing Place says it serves more than 600 men and women daily, with more than 500 completing the recovery program every year. The agency also runs a campus for women and children on South 15th Street and a location in Campbellsville.