Quantcast

Pittsburg Loans $100,000 For Drug Treatment - KOAM TV 7

Pittsburg Loans $100,000 For Drug Treatment

Updated:
PITTSBURG, KANSAS -

According to KDHE, Southeast Kansas out-paces the state average of drug overdoses.

CEO of Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, Krista Postai, says it's part of a nationally growing trend of prescription drug abuse. Something that's been under-served, locally. 

"Things have changed in the last ten years. And data has caught up," Postai said. "And now we understand prescription drugs are the larger problem than illicit drugs."

The CHC is currently recruiting 8 new, full time staff members to establish and operate an outpatient substance abuse treatment program, thanks to a grant it received in March. 

But the grant doesn't help cover the more than $800,000 facility expansion and renovation needed. 

The city will loan $100,000, interest free, from it's Economic Development Fund to help just that. 

City Manager Daron Hall says while the social benefits are a positive, the city's loan is economically motivated.

"8 jobs. Average of $50,000 [salaries]. Those are good paying jobs around here," Hall said. "If we can put money in and get high-paying jobs out of it, sounds like a good formula."

Behind CHC-SEK is the former TFI building. The CHC is in the process of buying it to move administrative staff there, so it can make more room in it's main facility for drug treatment programs.

"[Drug treatment has] been under-resourced. There really has not been an area-wide solution," Postai said. "And this is not one [solution], this is one piece of bringing together the whole treatment community and seeing what we can do to address these problems."

The Health Center is taking out a bank loan to cover the rest of the expansion costs and expects to move its administrative staff into the TFI building in July.

The Center has provided drug treatment counseling and other programs, but wants to predominantly add medication-assisted treatment.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Neosho School District Makes a Big Change to Their Drug Testing Policy

    Neosho School District Makes a Big Change to Their Drug Testing Policy

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 10:38 PM EDT2018-07-19 02:38:07 GMT

    With the kickoff of the 2018-2019 school year, Neosho School District students who apply for a school parking pass will enter themselves into the district's pool of students eligible for random drug testing. 

    More >>

    With the kickoff of the 2018-2019 school year, Neosho School District students who apply for a school parking pass will enter themselves into the district's pool of students eligible for random drug testing. 

    More >>
  • Miami Schools Adds Classes for 3&4 Year Olds; Competition for Daycare

    Miami Schools Adds Classes for 3&4 Year Olds; Competition for Daycare

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 6:47 PM EDT2018-07-18 22:47:05 GMT

    Miami school district is adding classes for three and four year olds  to help retain both teachers and students. 

    More >>

    Miami school district is adding classes for three and four year olds  to help retain both teachers and students. 

    More >>
  • Arson Suspect Arrested in Miami, Oklahoma

    Arson Suspect Arrested in Miami, Oklahoma

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 4:47 PM EDT2018-07-18 20:47:50 GMT
    Anders Shoes (7/10/18)Anders Shoes (7/10/18)
    Anders Shoes (7/10/18)Anders Shoes (7/10/18)
    The Miami, Oklahoma Police Department makes an arrest in a recent arson case. On July 10th, 2018, Anders Shoes was destroyed in a suspicious fire. The store is one of Miami's oldest businesses. The store is owned by 103-year-old Dena Ander. The fire came after the store was burglarized on July 7th and again on July 9th. The store had also been recently vandalized. On July 17th, police arrested a 29-year-old in connection to the arson fire. Authorities say he became a person o...More >>
    The Miami, Oklahoma Police Department makes an arrest in a recent arson case. On July 10th, 2018, Anders Shoes was destroyed in a suspicious fire. The store is one of Miami's oldest businesses. The store is owned by 103-year-old Dena Ander. The fire came after the store was burglarized on July 7th and again on July 9th. The store had also been recently vandalized. On July 17th, police arrested a 29-year-old in connection to the arson fire. Authorities say he became a person o...More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by Frankly, Inc. All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.