Proposal would reuse state buildings for treatment centers

Resolution calls for review of properties

HARRISBURG — Unused facilities owned by the commonwealth would be evaluated for potential reuse as addiction treatment centers under an initiative spearheaded by Rep. Jim Gregory, R-Hollidaysburg.

The House unanimously passed House Resolution 147, which calls for the Joint State Government Com­mission to conduct a comprehensive review of unused properties and how to repurpose them for addiction treatment and recovery support. Gregory sponsored the bill.

“In discussions across the commonwealth, we have heard time and time again there is a lack of available space to provide access to rehab treatment. Repur­posing these buildings is one all-hands-on-deck solution to a complex problem,” Gregory said.

Gregory envisions having centers that provide a continuum of care from initial detox and treatment all the way to sober community centers for people in recovery.

The resolution calls for the commission to furnish a report within a year.