Staff Writer

Drug recovery housing for pregnant women and their babies will be constructed in Findlay this year.

The Hancock County commissioners this week approved resolutions appropriating a total of just over $700,000 to the county board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services’ (ADAMHS) capital improvement fund.

ADAMHS Board Executive Director Precia Stuby said the board is creating recovery housing for pregnant women, and women with newborn infants. The facility will be built on Crystal Avenue and will include three one-bedroom apartments for the women and their babies, as well as one for the onsite manager.

The land was donated by Blanchard Valley Health System. An exact location was not announced Wednesday.

Stuby said housing is an issue for women in the Maternal Opiate Medical Support (MOMS) program, a joint effort of Blanchard Valley Health System and A Renewed Mind, in which pregnant women who are using opioids get weaned off the drugs in a way that is safe for them and their babies.

Stopping suddenly can throw the baby into withdrawal, which is dangerous.

Only women who are participating in the MOMS program will be eligible to live in the recovery housing.

Construction bids will be opened April 16, and the project may be completed in the fall.

Stuby said 75 percent of the project will be paid for by the state. Local funding will come from the ADAMHS levy and from the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation.

ADAMHS board chairwoman Rosalie King said organizers are still looking to raise funds for things like apartment furnishings.