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ARC Manor's new home 'long time coming'

| Friday, April 12, 2013, 1:21 a.m.
BRIGID BEATTY FOR THE LEADER TIMES
More than a dozen officials attended ARC Manor's groundbreaking ceremony Thursday, April 11, 2013, in West Hills, East Franklin, at the site where the new facility will be built. They were (front, from left) Jill Pless, assistant director of ARC Manor; Cynthia McCrea, executive director of ARC Manor; Frank Shumaker, board president of ARC Manor; Barry Peters, East Franklin Township supervisor, Beverly Steffy, board member of ARC Manor; Paul Bradigan, Armstrong County Industrial Development Authority; Marie Dillon-Griffith, president of Armstong/ Indiana/Clarion Drug & Alcohol Commission (AICDAC); back, Tammy Calderone, Armstong/Indiana Behavioral and Developmental Health Program (BDHP ); Kate Hall, Clarion Small Business Development Center; Allen McCrea, vice president of ARC Foundation; Jason Bottles, Chuck Coltharp and Robert Indovina, of Indovina Associates Architects; and Royce Young, Armstong County Industrial Development Council.

ARC Manor, the Addiction Recovery Center at Oak Avenue in Kittanning, has taken the first steps toward a relocation and expansion of its facility to better meet the needs of the community and surrounding counties.

More than a dozen officials gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday at ARC Manor's new site at the corner of South Park and Nolte drives in West Hills, East Franklin.

“It's been a long time coming,” said Cynthia McCrea, ARC Manor's executive director.

“We've worked on this since 2009. We couldn't increase the facility at Oak Avenue,” she said.

According to McCrea, the nonprofit agency has occupied the current 12,000-square-foot building since 1994.

During the fiscal year 2011-12 the facility reached more than 10,000 people through its outreach and prevention programs.

That number included those helped in crisis and walk-in situations, those screened and connected with treatment services, those requiring outpatient services and those requiring residential and partial hospital stays.

“One out of every 11 individuals meets criteria for a substance abuse or dependence diagnosis and are in need of treatment,” said McCrea, adding that all of society is impacted by substance use.

And although ARC Manor mainly serves people in Armstrong, Indiana, Butler, Lawrence and Clarion counties, the agency has the potential to serve as many as 30 counties within western and central portions of the state, said McCrea.

“We've outgrown our facility,” said Frank Shumaker, who is board president of ARC Manor and an Armstrong County Deputy Sheriff. He said with the new building, more clients will be able to be treated.

McCrea said the facility at the East Franklin location will occupy 32,000 square feet on 11.2 acres of property purchased by ARC Manor Foundation.

ARC Manor was awarded $500,000 to begin a non-hospital detoxification program at the facility, she said.

That money was provided through reinvestment dollars, said Tammy Calderone, of the Armstrong/Indiana Behavioral and Developmental Health Program.

The facility, which is projected to open in July 2014, is being designed by Indovina Associates Architects, of Pittsburgh.

Architects with the firm said the project will go out to bid in June.

“It's a terrific location,” said Robert Indovina.

The new site is ideally suited with close access to ACMH Hospital and to routes 422 and 28, McCrea said.

“Some of our main referrals come from the hospital, so we're a lot closer to where we need to be,” she said.

Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or bbeatty@tribweb.com.

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