One Rehab Center Under Scrutiny for Potential Misusing Grant Money

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A Fayette County substance abuse rehabilitation facility that state leaders say never officially opened is under investigation. Questions about how Open Minds Recovery Center was spending their awarded grant money has put them under scrutiny.

“Somebody texted me and told me that Open Minds Recovery Center lost their funding and I was like really, no body told me,” said a Clinical Supervisor, Lisa Richards.

Richards worked with the Open Minds Recovery Center as a clinical supervisor. Her role was to provide the center with therapists. “It was just a contractual relationship, when they got the clients they would let us know and we would send our therapists,” said Richards.

It wasn’t until she this morning (12/20) she found out the center had closed down and with no notice Richards was left in the dark.

“This entity was awarded about $500,000 to do several different things. To start this recovery and to fund several related positions,” said the Assistant Secretary for West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, Lawrence Messina.

After Open Minds Recovery Center received the reimbursement grant, they needed to show the Division of Justice and Community Services that it was being spent for its initial purposes.

After investigating the spending further, questions arose. “We want to reach conclusions before we say what happened here,” said Messina.

Messina couldn’t say much at this point in time but he said they have stopped all funding and relations with the center. Without a relationship, this doesn’t mean they don’t plan to help addicts in need. “It remains our hope that there is a viable option to complete the construction and provide services, we’re all aware this is needed in this state,” said Messina.

Messina said the investigation is underway and they expect to finish it within the next couple of weeks. From there they will be able to determine whether or not charges will be files.

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