York County plans to expand inpatient drug treatment center

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Feb 16, 2016 4:33 AM

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A typical shared room at a Lancaster County inpatient facility that includes a view of the courtyard, along with a private bathroom.

(York ) -- York County is planning to help more people who are addicted to drugs.

The York County Commissioners are considering two options for expanding its inpatient drug treatment center in Springettsbury Township

One would add 45 beds, the other would increase capacity by 65 beds.

State money would pay for the $3.2 million expansion, which is expected to be finished by the middle of next year.

The facility currently only has 24 beds.

That means about 16 people are turned away every day, and often end up not getting the care best suited for them.

"Sometimes they end up in the mental health system, and getting care that way," says Michelle Hovis, director of York County's Department of Human Services. "It's not really the preferred way, we'd like to see people get the care they need, but sometimes we do see people that may have some dual diagnosis end up on the other side."

Hovis says people who the center doesn't have room for also might find themselves in the emergency room after an overdose that could have been prevented.

The York County Coroner's Office says 60 people died in heroin-related deaths last year, with four cases still pending.

In 2014, 62 deaths were blamed on heroin.

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