Mary Alice Reporting – Wednesday morning, ground broke for the new Stillwater Crossing Substance Abuse Residential Treatment Center.

This will be the first and only publicly funded men’s residential center in Tuscarawas County and it will house 16 individuals at a time with the building being 7900 square feet.

Located just outside of Dennison on, Dudgeon Way, the new facility will be operated by OhioGuidestone, says Executive Director Pam Trimmer.

“We’ve been providing drug and alcohol services for over 40 years and we currently have a women’s facility, very similar, 13 beds, and it has been full and operational for 20 years.”

One common theme noted between the different speakers was the collaboration for all involved partners at the local and state level.

ADAMH’s Board of Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties Director Natalie Bolon explains that this building will limit possible barriers for men seeking to get addiction help.

This was backed by Dennison Mayor Greg DiDonato.

“We got to recognize in our community that people have mental health and health issues, addiction issues, and you have to find it in your heart to try to address and reach out to those individuals who truly want to change their life.”

Provided data indicated that over 400 men sought out addiction treatment services in fiscal year 2023.

Among those in attendance included representatives from the County Commissioners Office, local judges, Representative Brett Hillyer, Dennison’s council members, New Philadelphia police and Dennison fire personnell; as well as, a representative from US Senator Sherrod Brown’s office, and a proclamation from Ohio Senator Al Landis.

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