The Guilford County Board of Commissioners approved a High Point facility for a new recovery center for women and children that will provide substance use treatment services while working to keep families together.

Commissioners unanimously approved on Thursday Gibson Park as the location for its Women with Children Recovery Center.

Commissioner Kay Cashion said at the meeting there are currently no residential treatment programs in the area for this demographic.

"Going outside the county for treatment takes women away from their natural supports, creates transportation barriers, removes children from their school and social networks, and leaves women in unfamiliar communities once discharged from the program," she said.

Commissioners allocated $3 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds in 2022 to create a new, recovery housing program.

Cashion said the proposed services would include 24-hour residential substance use recovery for pregnant women and those with children aged 12 and under.

Programs will include outpatient treatment, case management, and transition planning and support. The Gibson Park facility can accommodate up to 28 women.

The opening date for the center has not been set.

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