PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) Update: 4/1/2019
In March, the Wood County Commission added two counties to the operation of the county's Day Report Center.
Monday, it authorized an application for $600,000 in grant money for the operation of that facility, which now included Pleasants and Ritchie Counties.
All three counties, plus Jackson County, will have to put up more than $300,000 of their own money to match the grant.
The center's management believes becoming a regional facility will improve its chances of getting that grant, and help provide more counseling services.
"Apparently, the Pleasants County site hasn't offered any counseling services for over a year because the only employee has a background in law enforcement rather than any type of counseling," said the Wood County center's director, Hernando Escondon. "The person at the Ritchie County site leads two group counseling sessions an hour each per week."
The Day Report Center plans to add two more employees with the grant money.
Another area day report center will soon be managed by Wood County.
The county commission Thursday approved oversight of the Ritchie County Day Report Center.
That's after it approved a management agreement for the Pleasants County center earlier this month.
The centers in those counties will continue to operate at their current locations-in downtown St. Marys and at the Ritchie County Courthouse-as will a center in Jackson County that was acquired a couple of years ago.
"We have four satellite locations, as of July 1," said Commission President Blair Couch. "And we also service seven other counties without locations. We hope the granting agency will see that, and increase our grant commensurately."
The commission agreed to name current day report center employee Jana Singer the center's operations manager.
She will take on some of the duties of the center's director, Hernando Escondon, who will oversee some of the operations in the newly acquired counties.
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.