The Request for Proposal for the potential healing center has been submitted by the Judge-Executive’s office, who are seeking interested firms to partner up with the county. The potential rehabilitation center was dreamed up in part by Judge Reagan Taylor, who says that this will seek to mitigate the growing drug epidemic.
Taylor’s multiple-step approach, he says, would provide a solution that can be found no where else in the state with a goal to integrate those suffering from addiction back into society after detox and rehabilitation.
Taylor explains that this long-time dream of his could finally be coming to fruition, as will be announced next month at the fiscal court meetings.
The press release from the Judge-Executive’s office can be read below:
Madison County Judge Executive Reagan Taylor announced today that the County is seeking proposals from construction firms interested in working on the County’s Healing Center project. The Request for Proposal (RFP) can be found at the County’s website at Madison County Healing RFP
The County is seeking interested construction teams who desire to either A) Design-Build or B) participate in a Public Private Partnership to Design-Build-Finance-Maintain. The proposal is due Monday, February 5, 2018, at 4:00 PM (ET).
This step is the second phase of a three-phase process. Phase 1 identify operational partners to work within the Healing Center, phase 2 is to identify a construction partner, and phase 3 would be to bring a full proposal to the Madison County Fiscal Court for review and potential approval. Currently the County is finalizing the operational partner selection and will simultaneously negotiate for a construction partner. A final recommendation is slated to be brought before the Fiscal Court in February/March 2018.
“When you think outside the box, you have to make sure you are doing it with the right partners.” said Judge Executive Reagan Taylor. “While the process for finalizing this public private partnership might seem slow to some, I am confident that this pace ensures we do our due diligence to have the right collaborators by our side to make a needed impact on the drug epidemic, not only in Madison County, but throughout the region and the Commonwealth.”
The concept of entering into a public private partnership to address the drug epidemic originated in 2015, when Judge Executive Reagan Taylor wanted to find a solution for the rampant drug use in Madison County and to address the overcrowding of the Madison County Detention Center. The Healing Center concept is for the County to take the lead in developing a rehabilitation and vocational center for individuals as a form of alternative sentencing. Features of the Center will include detox, independent living facilities and life skills curriculum.