No bids received for treatment facility

LISBON — There were no companies interested in opening Columbiana County’s first residential drug-and-alcohol addiction treatment facility, at least at the location and under the terms proposed by the county Mental Health and Recovery Services Board.

Executive Director Kathie Chaffee said no bids for the project were received by the Feb. 24 deadline, and the board will decide at its March 28 meeting what to do next.

The MHRS board proposed leasing the former Lamb’s House rehabilitation facility on Union Ridge Road in Middleton Township and reopening it as a 16-bed facility for men. Under the plan, the 13,000-square-foot facility was to provide short-term (up to 30 days) and long-term (up to 120 days) residential addiction treatment for men.

The provider awarded the contract would be required to lease the facility from the Lamb’s House for $6,000 per month and be responsible for utilities, with the MHRS board providing some of the funding and serve in an oversight capacity.

“Unfortunately, the board did not receive any proposal to implement this service,” Chaffee said in an email. “I am in the process of doubling back with directors of the six organizations who meet the qualifications to apply to get feedback on reason why they did not apply … The feedback should help the board determine possible next steps on our end.”