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Commissioners Approve Contracts For $25M Treatment Facility

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Dec 8, 2020
The Healing Place of New Hanover County is slated for construction early next year. (Rendering courtesy of New Hanover County)
Commissioners have approved contracts and other measures related to the construction of a $25.5 million opioid and alcohol treatment campus in New Hanover County, slated to be occupied by 2022.

The 200-bed facility, dubbed The Healing Place of New Hanover County, got the nod of approval from the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners at its meeting Monday. The multi-million dollar budget does not include operational costs, and once constructed, the county will own the building, officials said during the meeting.

The campus is set to be constructed on nearly 9 acres at 1000 Medical Center Drive in Wilmington. Trillium Health Resources several years ago proposed a new treatment model to address the challenges the community is facing with the opioid crisis as well as alcohol addiction.

The facility will be a regional facility, New Hanover County Manager Chris Coudriet said to commissioners Monday.

"The commission has also, in prior actions, agreed to purchase at a minimum 25 beds per night for men and 25 beds per night for women. Brunswick County ... everything reported to us is that they have committed as well to 10 beds for men -- and when it was made that the policy decision to make this co-ed -- they committed to 10 female beds as well. It will, I think, in the end be largely made up of community members but it cannot be restricted to New Hanover County. But you have secured, at a minimum, 50 beds per night," Coudriet said to commissioners. 

He said that the co-location of men and women at the treatment facility is unique.  

​"As it relates to The Healing Place, this is the only co-ed facility. And then to have a facility such as this on this scale with long-term ... recovery such as this we are not aware of another facility like it. But this is the only co-ed Healing Place facility in the United States," he said. 

County staff recommended commissioners approve the preliminary guaranteed maximum price, the overall project budget and the transfer of contracts from Trillium Health Resources to New Hanover County. The vote on the agenda item was unanimous. 

Commissioners voted in August to contract with Kentucky-based The Healing Place to operate the campus. Trillium Health is partnering with the Kentucky firm to run the facility. 

Officials said Feb. 1 is set to be the start date for construction and the facility is expected to be occupied by May 2022, officials said.
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