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TREATMENT — Hope for Hurting will occupy an abandoned church at the corner of North Street and Wabash Avenue.

A sober living facility is slated to locate in Kokomo and partner with Turning Point.

Howard County Commissioner Paul Wyman, who is also president of the Turning Point board, said the 50-bed facility is projected to open in spring 2020, and it will be developed by a Los Angeles real estate developer who constructed a similar project in California. To be dubbed Hope for Hurting, Wyman said the sober-living facility will fill a large need in the community’s efforts to combat addiction and mental health issues.

“It is a significant piece of the work we’re doing collectively and collaboratively as a community,” said Wyman. “It’s been a piece that’s been missing for a long time, and it will fill a really big gap in the services we’re trying to provide for individuals dealing with addiction and mental health issues.”

Hope for Hurting’s significance was created by an issue Wyman said Turning Point employees deal with commonly. The System of Care works by directing individuals to various care providers at no cost, while also helping them navigate insurance needs in seeking treatment.

This year Turning Point even began performing screenings in the Howard County jail, with the goal being to intercept individuals leaving incarceration to stem a potential return to the same environments that fostered their drug addictions in the first place.

So, Hope for Hurting will partner with Turning Point, which will refer clients to the sober-living facility where they can continue to receive treatments recommended by the nonprofit, but also treatments while living at the facility as well.

“Hope for Hurting will become one of our strongest referral partners,” said Wyman. “We work with a lot of people who are coming out of jail or long-time treatment. For those individuals, having a facility that they can go to and having a sober living environment, what that does for them is put them in position where they don’t have to go back to their old ways.”

Wyman said the potential to create the large-scale sober living facility came about he met developer Nick Salvato. About a year ago the subject was broached concerning developing a sober living facility in locally, with it mirroring a similar development Salvato undertook out east.

The developer settled on a vacant church located at the intersection of North Street and Wabash Avenue. The plan, said Wyman, is that Salvato and a partner will invest between $250,000 and $400,000 in the property.

Using the facility will come with a cost, according to Wyman. At this stage, it likely will cost between $400 and $500 a month to stay at Hope for Hurting. That cost will cover food and treatment.

“There will be a cost,” said Wyman. “They’re working on that right now as to what it’s going to be, but my belief is it will be around the $400 to $500 a month range. With that you get three meals a day. You get some treatment and those sorts of things. They’re going to make it very affordable for people to live there, get some food, get some treatment, and begin this life of recovery.”

Beds only will be available to men when the facility opens, but Wyman said if the project proves successful, a women’s facility could follow.