Cluster Treatment in West Virginia –  

Aug. 25, 2019 – Officials said they planned to bring about 200 jobs, ranging from health care providers to housekeepers, to the struggling county. They even wanted to turn the base, which is much like a town, into a sober-living community for people who’d completed their 28-day stays. At the time, the state was sorely lacking in drug treatment. West Virginia had just over 100 inpatient treatment beds and, as it does now, the highest drug overdose death rate in the country.

They said the project should be complete by July 2018. In an email in September 2018, Persily said the project wouldn’t be completed until November 2018. After several emails this year seeking updates on the project, though, Persily hadn’t responded. On Friday, she replied. “Highland is no longer involved in the Sugar Grove project,” she wrote. “I don’t have any updates on this project and haven’t for the last 6 months or so (and don’t even know if Gersh is still involved),” she said. “I don’t have any other information to share unfortunately.” She directed inquiries to The Gersh Academy, which did not respond to an email Friday…

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