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CHAIR NATHAN FLETCHER: COUNTY WILL ADD ADDICTION TREATMENT CAPACITY WITH ACQUISITION OF VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA PROPERTY

09/13/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved taking over a 1.76 acre site with 40,000 square-feet of building space on it that was owned by Volunteers of America Southwest California, Inc. (VOA), and turn it into a new alcohol and drug treatment facility.

The County is acquiring the site as part of a settlement agreement with VOA after an audit revealed unverified spending by the non-profit while it was providing substance abuse services on behalf of the County.

Chair Fletcher issued the following statement after today’s vote:

“With this property we can bring more beds online for people who are struggling with addiction,” said Chair Fletcher.  “People who need a place to stay and heal on their road to recovery will soon have it.  This is yet another example of our commitment to provide San Diegans with resources to help them fight the opioid crisis, and overcome addiction.” 

     

As part of the agreement the County will purchase the property for nearly nearly $230,000; and the Board of Supervisors appropriated more than $1 million to jumpstart renovations to the old property. The county will renovate the facilities in phases to allow for services to be offered once again on site as soon as possible.

The plan for the property is to use is for

  • Ensuring a comprehensive harm reduction approach by providing access to care when clients are ready.  
  • Aligning with Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System goals to improve quality and outcomes, access to services and system growth, and sustainability of substance use services.  
  • Improving beneficiary access to care, quality of care, and administrative efficiency.  Responding to community need which shows that opiate overdose deaths are at historic proportions. 

To read the entire policy, click here.