Wednesday July 24, 2013
While the South Burlington School Board’s appeal to the Environmental Court regarding the HowardCenter’s permit to open a methadone clinic at 364 Dorset Street remains active, internal renovations of the space are nearing completion. According to Executive Director of the HowardCenter, Todd Centybear, there isn’t a date or even a week set for opening yet, as they are awaiting visits by federal and state entities regarding site review and subsidies programs. The HowardCenter would like to get started in August, before school begins, but this is largely dependent upon the time line of the state and federal certifications.
Last Friday, HowardCenter’s Director of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Bob Bick, started piecing together a community advisory committee, Centybear relayed. This will be a small group of individuals who, close to the opening of the clinic, gather to have thoughtful conversations regarding questions or suggestions on the clinic/services. It will be an avenue for communication and discussion. Centybear hopes that Interim City Manager Kevin Dorn, South Burlington Police Chief Whipple, Superintendent David Young or representation from the District, and neighbors will be part of the committee. The HowardCenter has developed similar committees in other communities as well, and the results have been largely positive.
Further updates on the legal components of the District’s appeal can be found on the South Burlington School District website. In addition, updates regarding the opening of the clinic are given at each school board meeting.
SOURCE: Corey Burdick, Correspondent