More than two years of work by various officials in Allen County came to fruition Friday with the opening of 71 new beds for those suffering from addiction in the criminal justice system.
Called the county's most ambitious effort yet to combat substance abuse disorder, including the opioid epidemic, the pilot project provides three levels of addiction recovery for men and two for women at three locations.
They are Park Center on Carew Street, the new Redemption House location for women on East Wayne Street and Choices, a new facility in the remodeled former YWCA building on Spy Run.
Dignitaries cut a bright-red ribbon to mark the opening of Choices. which will provide 40 beds for men in two levels of care. One is a clinically low-intensity residential program unique to Fort Wayne, said Marcia Haaff, director of The Lutheran Foundation, one of several agencies involved in the project.
Fort Wayne received $1.5 million from the state through Senate Enrolled Act 510 and raised $1.5 million locally to fund the program.