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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Allen County is starting to see the benefits of a 2017 bill aimed at helping drug addicts.
Three local rehabilitation centers are adding beds thanks to money from Senate Bill 510.
“Essentially what that did was bring $1.5 million from the state to Allen County with a dollar for dollar match. Those funds then collectively allowed us to create 71 new beds," Tom Allman said.
Park Center remodeled a floor at its Carew Street location allowing it to double its number of beds to 30.
The other beds will be added at Redemption House and Choices.
Local officials said it's time to do something because Allen County ranks top five in all drug categories.
Indiana University School of Public Health said Allen County ranks first in heroin and cocaine use, and fifth in marijuana and prescription drugs.
Lawmakers hope the increased beds will help people get the treatment they need rather than throwing them in jail for their addiction.
They've partnered with the criminal justice system so people will come here through resources like corrections and drug court.
"We're an access of over 3,200 referrals a year. People come to us from all the surrounding counties," he explained.
The newest addition to Park Center's building will focus on the relationship aspect of treatment.
They will be helping people maintain connections with their families and staying employed.
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