Drug treatment center breaks ground

Representatives of the City of Lebanon, the county, Samaritan Health Services and others break ground in a ceremony Tuesday afternoon, June 11, for a future facility in Lebanon at the corner of Main and Tangent streets that will treat individuals with substance use disorder.

Samaritan Treatment and Recovery Services (STARS) will be a residential 16-bed treatment facility off Santiam Highway near Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital.The facility will serve adults throughout Oregon with serious substance use disorders, according to a Samaritan statement. It will complement an outpatient clinic that Samaritan opened in 2018, which will move into the space at the new facility when complete.

Services will be available to those 18 and older, including those who are pregnant or parenting, throughout the state, with priority given to patients who live in Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties. Together, the services will provide much-needed additional resources to treat substance use disorder across Oregon.

Construction is financed completely by philanthropy: The Samaritan Foundations philanthropic teams in Albany, Corvallis and Lebanon have raised more than $3 million toward an estimated project cost of $4 million.