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Lebanon County offers new drug treatment program to addicts

Written by John Latimer, Lebanon Daily News | Aug 25, 2015 6:00 PM
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Jim Donmoyer, executive director of the Lebanon County Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, discusses a new four-month, in-patient treatment program his office will offer, at Thursday's Lebanon County commissioners' meeting. (Photo by John Latimer, Lebanon Daily News)

(Lebanon) -- The Lebanon County Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse is starting a new intermediate length inpatient treatment program for individuals with substance abuse problems.

The four-month, inpatient counseling program will benefit those who need more treatment than a standard 28-day program, Executive Director Jim Donmoyer told the Lebanon County commissioners last week.

The treatment will be provided by Pennsylvania Counseling Services in conjunction with the county's Renaissance Crossroads program. That 34-month, alternative-sentencing program is for non-violent offenders with substance abuse problems, and begins with 12 months of intensive inpatient counseling, Donmoyer explained.

Unlike Renaissance Crossroads, participation in the four-month program could be court-ordered but will not have to be.

"The length of the program is four months and the individuals that are put in that program do not have to be court committed," Donmoyer said. "So it is quite possible that someone who comes into our office and presents the need for longer than 28 days but less than 12 months, we could send someone to this program."

Like Renaissance Crossroads, clients in the four-month treatment program will be housed in a treatment center located at the Lebanon VA Medical Center in South Lebanon Township. To make room, four of the 18 beds assigned to the Renaissance Crossroads will now be made available to clients in the four-month treatment program.

With a rise in the use of heroin, it is something the county needs, Donmoyer told the commissioners.

"It is an alternative to our 28 (day program) and our 12 (month program) -- it's an in between," he said. "It's something we don't have in Lebanon County (and) I would hope that it will be more successful than these 28-day stays we are sending people to. We see quite a few people return (to using) after those type of stays. The more days someone can be in treatment, the better off I believe they are."

The inpatient counseling will cost $112 per day and will be paid for by the state's Medical Assistance program, Donmoyer said.

"The good thing about this program is it won't cost the county or our office any money, due to the fact that everybody that goes into the program will get medical assistance," he said.


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