Board plans its first recovery house

Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties is making plans to run and own its first recovery house.

Lotus Recovery House is to open July 1 and serve women with drug and alcohol issues.

Mircea Handru, executive director of Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties, said the regular single-family house located on North Washington Street in Tiffin will serve up to seven women.

The goal is to give a safe and drug-free place to live while working on treatment.

“I think everybody will be happy about this project,” Handru said.

The Cottage, a 10-bed men’s facility in Tiffin, and two other similar facilities in Fremont are run by other non-profit organizations.

Lotus Recovery House addresses the No. 1 gap the board has had in the past year.

“We had this gap in our system,” Handru said.

The house will not accept anyone who tests positive for a substance. It also will not be a treatment center, and it is no different than a person renting in the county or in Tiffin, Handru said.

The difference is officials are giving the residents more support services.

There will be a curfew, chores and drug testing, he said.

Handru said the program will make sure to get residents employed and stable and will teach them to open a savings account. Officials will mandate rent payment.

“The goal (is) to be self-funded through their rent,” he said.

There is no time frame for how long residents can stay as long as they follow all the rules and regulations. They can stay five years, Handru said.

Officials have applied for a state grant to obtain funds to support the purchase of the building.

Handru said three steps have been approved, and he is confident the final step will be approved.