County Executive Steve Schuh participated in a ribbon-cutting of the new, renovated Chrysalis House Drug Treatment Center in Crownsville late last month.
On early January 9th, the organization suffered serious damage to their main residence from a broken water pipe. The damage caused 43 women and 14 children to be evacuated and relocated temporarily. Now the facility is fully operational after having undergone a total renovation.
“It was just five short months ago that misfortune struck,” said Schuh. “But, through the steadfast leadership of Executive Director Lorene Lake and the generosity of the people of Anne Arundel County, we came together to ensure this facility would recover.”
During the ceremony, the County Executive presented a proclamation to Lake, who has been Executive Director of the Chrysalis House for 21 years and will be retiring this year.
In his remarks, the County Executive also highlighted the crucial investments to address the heroin crisis in the recently enacted FY 2016 budget, including:
- $800,000 for the Health Department to initiate a new substance abuse treatment center.
- Increasing by 25 percent community grant funding for substance abuse providers to nearly $375,000.
- More than $500,000 to fund a heroin enforcement intra-county task force.
- Doubling the budget for the Police Department’s Drug Diversion Squad to more than $240,000.
- Nearly doubling the budget for crucial tools in the heroin fight, such as Narcan, to more than $85,000.
“Places like the Chrysalis House are a crucial tool in our war against addiction,” said Schuh. “That is why our enacted budget includes a 45% increase in grant funding for this facility.”