In August 2004, John
Bennett, Board Counsel for the Rappahannock-Rapidan
Community Services Board (RRCSB), provided a draft
borrowing resolution to Paul McCulla, County Attorney, for
comments and feedback. This resolution would authorize the
RRCSB to borrow up to $3.2 million from the Rural
Development Authority for the development and construction
of a 36-bed substance abuse treatment facility (8
detoxification / 28 treatment).
Over the past four years,
the RRCSB has sought alternatives to replace the physical
plant for the Boxwood Substance Abuse Treatment Program
located in Culpeper. Since 1985, Boxwood has been serving
the region and has had over 5,800 individuals graduate from
the program. Boxwood offers a unique residential treatment
program for individuals without alternative means to access
treatment services. It has successfully broken the
“revolving door” for thousands of individuals between their
chemical dependence, work, home, and the judicial system.
The current facility, located in an old motel/restaurant on
Route 29 North, was built in the 1960s and is grossly
inadequate for continued use. The RRCSB owns this facility
and plans to sell the property, with proceeds going to
support the new program.
The Rural Development
Authority has made a tentative commitment to fund this
project with a 40-year fixed rate loan at 4.375%. Operating
and debt service funds are available both through ongoing
State general funds and user fees.
For over four years, the
full RRCSB-AAA Board of Directors has made this as a
priority. The Board is pleased with the financing
available, and to be in a position to secure a new treatment
facility for continued services to the region.