After 20 years and hundreds of participants who have kicked their substance abuse issues and gotten right with the law, Lebanon County’s Renaissance Crossroads Addiction Treatment Program will be going away by year’s end.
Last Thursday, County Probation Services Director Audrey Fortna discussed the reason for its demise.
She said Pennsylvania Counseling Services, which administers the program on behalf of the county is suffering like virtually every other employer these days and can’t find help to staff the program’s inpatient unit, located on the campus of the Lebanon V-A Medical Center:
Additionally, the goal of offering the intensive, 34-month program to men facing long state prison sentences for felony drug convictions became less viable, once certain drug sentencing statutes were changed:
Fortna said the county is working with the Renaissance Crossroads staff to come up with individual recommendations for each person currently in the program. Some will be directed to the county’s day reporting center.
Through its 20-year run, over 165 men have successfully completed the program.