Rep Ziemke: Fayette Regional Hospital Receives Grant To Start New Detox Unit
By Travis Thayer
(Connersville, Ind.) – A southeastern Indiana hospital is using grant money to start a substance abuse treatment program.
Fayette Regional Health System announced Thursday that it has been awarded $10 million in federal grant money from the Indiana State Department of Health through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program – Part B.
The grant will allow Fayette Regional Hospital in Connersville to create an all-inclusive 46-bed drug detoxification unit emphasizing treatment for those diagnosed with HIV. The average length of stay will be five to eight days.
“Beginning next year, Fayette Regional Hospital’s new detoxification unit will help patients receive the treatment and support they need to manage their drug withdrawal symptoms and begin a path to recovery,” said State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville). “With 46 new beds and additional medical staff, the hospital can now extend the same high quality and compassionate health care to more Hoosiers suffering from drug addiction. Thank you to Fayette Regional’s leadership team and the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration for working together to make this possible.”
Within the last year, Fayette County has noted a 40 percent increase in drug and alcohol related deaths with the highest drug poisoning death rate per capita of any county in the Hoosier state.
“Heroin and opioid addiction continues to plague communities throughout Indiana, contributing to a growing mental health crisis,” said Ziemke. “In Fayette County, we have seen firsthand the devastating effects of this terrible disease. In fact, our community has the highest rate of non-fatal emergency room visits caused by opioid overdoses in the entire state.”
The detoxification unit is scheduled to be ready by mid-2018.