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July 17, 2014

Hampshire rehab center has 90 percent success rate

— ROMNEY, W.Va. — Every year since 2009, the South Branch Valley Day Report Center, which provides services to high-risk offenders, has received equal funding from Hampshire, Hardy and Pendleton counties.

This year is no exception. Each county will be funding $17,666.67 to the center. In addition, the state is funding $200,000, although the request was for $250,000.

“In order to keep the requests low, the center is adding $51,976 this year,” Cary Ours, director of community corrections, said.

The center funding comes from drug testing and doing work for other entities, and from clients who are required to pay $100 a month for rehabilitation treatment.

Ours gave a financial report to the Hampshire County Commission on Tuesday.

Ours said in the last fiscal year, 54 clients were served in Hampshire County.

“We have a 90 percent success in Hampshire County,” Ours said.

That means the people enrolled in the center have done well and have finished the program.

“People are not failing drug tests, not consuming alcohol,” Ours said.

Clients are referred to the center by the circuit and magistrate courts and in some cases from child protective services, Ours said.

The primary goal of the center is to provide intensive supervision and treatment services to high-risk offenders who require less than institutional confinement based upon a standardized and validated risk and needs assessment and other diagnostic tools.

These services are not restricted to clients who reside in Hampshire, Hardy or Pendleton counties.

Ours said clients are monitored 24/7.

“We have leg bracelets that monitor clients 24 hours a day for 90 days to detect alcohol in their system. We have a remote device that is handheld and can take a breath test. When that is done, we give them 15 minutes to take the test,” said Ours.

Ours said it’s pretty difficult for clients to get around the testing because they never know when or what kind of test they are going to have.

In addition to drug testing, the center offers intervention if it is needed as well as therapy.

Ours said it takes $17,812 a year to house an inmate in jail.

“These three counties are paying less than what it costs for one person,” Ours said. “This is an affordable program.”

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