Rehab Center Vigil

By: Laurabree Austin Email
By: Laurabree Austin Email

One group of inspiring people is desperate for help and they're hoping a last minute push Thursday will help keep the West Virginia rehabilitation center in Institute open.

This year’s state budget did not include their needed funding, so at the end of the month its doors will close.

The W.Va. Rehab Center in Institute costs nearly $12 million a year to run and the center's administrators said half of that money is now needed to be spent elsewhere. The employees said they were told it would be better to keep quiet, so they feel there was.

State Delegate Nancy Guthrie said she believes the government, because she said this is a situation that just should not have happened.

“It's a tragic sad situation when a facility that's 50 years old and only one of nine in the country is being shuttered because we weren't clever enough or creative enough or didn't have the will to rise to the occasion,” Guthrie said.

This facility that opened in the 1950's has helped thousands of people and those here now said they feel like they've been failed, but the center says they believe they've done all they can.

These people are left to go back to their communities, where some will get the help they need, but not all.

The rehab center's spokesperson said ultimately it came down to making sure the 3,500 people who are on a waiting list were served.

They said the money that will now be saved will help make that happen.

The other 29 West Virginia rehabilitation facilities across the state will not be affected.

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