HSDA board member approved Gray methadone clinic because it met specified criteria

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GRAY, TN (WJHL)- A Health Services and Development Agency board member said he voted to approve a methadone clinic in Gray because it met the specified criteria.

Joe Grandy is an HSDA board member and sits on the Washington County Commission. On Aug. 24 the HSDA board unanimously voted to approve a Certificate of Need for a non-profit methadone clinic proposed by East Tennessee State University and Mountain States Health Alliance. The two entities need the essential document before they can move forward with the project.

Grandy said board members must look at four criteria when deciding whether or not to approve CON applications, including whether or not there is a need for the facility being proposed, financial feasibility and how the facility will fit into the healthcare system in the state. Grandy said the partnership between ETSU, Mountain States and Frontier Health strengthened the application.

“One of the things that gave it a great deal of strength, particularly in the orderly advancement of healthcare were the partnerships being created with this application for methadone clinic with frontier health and the university,” Grandy said. “This is a unique model and there is not another methadone clinic in the state of the other 12 that have this comprehensive approach.” Several people in the community are still fighting against the clinic, saying it does not belong in a rural area. They believe it will increase traffic accidents and crime rates.

The Johnson City City Commission is set to consider a rezoning request for the proposed site in Gray Commons Professional Park on Thursday. The HSDA said no one has filed a petition to appeal the board’s decision. The deadline is September 8th.Copyright 2016 WJHL. All rights reserved.

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