Drug facility renovations ready for review

Community Reach's new center plans to open by year's end

Posted 7/31/18

With fresh paint on the walls, clean carpeting and new furniture Community Reach’s new Margaret Carpenter Center is ready to begin offering drug treatment services — save for state licenses and …

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Drug facility renovations ready for review

Community Reach's new center plans to open by year's end

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With fresh paint on the walls, clean carpeting and new furniture Community Reach’s new Margaret Carpenter Center is ready to begin offering drug treatment services — save for state licenses and the go-ahead from city building inspectors.

“We don’t have a date yet,” said Andrea Turk, Community Reach’s clinical director of recovery and transitions services. “We have to wait for our license to get approved and then we can get a certificate of occupancy from the city. And once we get those, we are ready.”

Turk said she expects the center will be open before year’s end. Staff should be able to get the center ready for patients within a week of getting their licenses and building permits.

“It’s just a matter of getting the permit, getting people moved in and our technology set up,” Turk said. “But we can do that pretty quickly, and then we can start accepting referrals.”

When it opens, the 43,000 square foot facility will provide residential and outpatient treatment for Adams County replacing the services that had been offered in the building by Arapahoe House.

Arapahoe House announced plans to close in December 2018, saying state revenues and Medicaid were not enough to pay its $11 million per year expenses.

Community Reach purchased the facility in February. Turk has been overseeing the transition as Community Reach moves to create a new program there.

“When we purchased the facility, we came in and we didn’t have to do much structural work,” Turk said. “It was more coming and cleaning and putting new carpets, painting and cleaning it up. And a big piece was replacing the kitchen, remodeling it adding new appliances.”

The facility, at 8801 Lipan St. in Thornton, is a 43,000 square foot campus with the main entrance and a gym and workout room to the north and the bulk of the residential space in an X-shaped structure to the south.

Turk said Community Reach is only using two of the four residential wings at this time, leaving half the facility to future programs.

The bulk of the used space will be devoted to Intensive Residential Treatment for substance abuse and medication-assisted treatment.

Residential treatment will usually last for three to four weeks.

It will also offer outpatient treatment for substance abuse.

“With the opioid crisis, we know there are very few resources out there for treatment,” Turk said. “By offering a continuum of care, we can provide access and treatment if they need a higher level of care, we can do it in a quick and effective way. It’s all part of what we can offer.”

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