PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) 3/14/2019
Wood County's day report center will now also provide services for Pleasants County as well.
The county commission voted Thursday to extend management of the Wood County Day Report Center to its northern neighboring county.
Pleasants County was originally part of a three-county system managed by Doddridge County, which also included Ritchie County.
"We joined (Doddridge County), and then, the last part of last year, they voted and decided they wanted to go back to single-county," Pleasants County Commissioner Larry Barnhart said Thursday.
Wood County hopes to get grant money to take on services for Pleasants County. It also manages day report center services for Jackson County.
The new Wood County Day Report Center in Parkersburg is officially up and running at its new location on Garfield Avenue.
The center is a community corrections program funded by grants and county funds.
The center offers assessment, treatment, case management and community services to court appointed clients from substance abuse.
The center also has a drug screening lab on site with results reported back within 24 hours.
Officials say since the organization continues to grow, they needed more space and the new location is more ideal for their clients.
This is the fourth time the Day Report Center moved since the start of its operation in 2004.
"You want to stop the drug problem as best you can and there's only certain ways to do it and you watch the TV everyday and you hear parents say, but there's no options...but there are options and this is just one of the options that the court system has. Lets maybe try to change their habit and bring them here," says Wood County Commissioner, Blair Couch.