From Guilford Center news release,* 08/20/2008:
The Guilford Center received notification on August 15, 2008 from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health Service Regulation (DHSR), Mental Health Licensure and Certification Section, that the Guilford County Substance Abuse Treatment Center at 5209 West Wendover Avenue, High Point, had been issued two Type A Administrative Penalties for violation of North Carolina General Statutes related to Medication Requirements and Facility Design and Equipment, and a Type B violation related to staff issues. These findings resulted from an onsite Annual Survey completed on June 19, 2008…
The County’s new drug and alcohol treatment center opened in June. At the time that Bridgeway opened, Guilford County Board of Commissioners Chairman Kirk Perkins said, “This treatment center is a key component in the Guilford County Substance Abuse System of Excellence, an integrative, system-wide approacn to addressing addictive disorders. It is our hope that Guilford County will become a model for other communities across North Carolina.”
I only know a couple of people who have been at Bridgeway — both outpatient. One did about 30 days and chose to leave before finishing treatment. But he was very pleased with the program and the staff. Another person is still in the outpatient program and is completely satisfied. I haven’t heard anything negative about Bridgeway, and that’s actually unusual. (Usually somebody has something bad to say about everybody.) My understanding is that all of Bridgeway’s programs have been full since they opened. (Different programs opened at different times.)
It’s definitely frustrating to hear that admissions have been suspended, but frankly, none of the addicts I know (and there are a lot of them) have been open to going to treatment lately anyway.** I don’t know what it is, but nobody even wants to have the discussion.
*I received this via email earlier this morning and replied to ask if it was public information. I haven’t heard back yet (I received an email after posting, saying “yes,” it’s public info), but the News & Record now has a story up, so I guess it’s OK to post it.
**Update, 08/21/08: A homeless friend contacted me yesterday evening. He’s ready for treatment. Obviously, Bridgeway’s not an option at the moment. But I referred him to a case manager friend who can hopefully find him a spot somewhere. So hey, good news amongst the not-so-good news, right?
UPDATE, 09/24/2008:Â Bridgeway passed inspection and will reopen admissions soon.Â More here.