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The National Health Fund (NHF) has allotted a grant of $2.3 million for Patricia House to assist with the refurbishing of its buildings. Patricia House is a non-profit entity operated by the Richmond Fellowship of Jamaica, as part of the Government’s response to the growing demand for the drug abuse rehabilitation that was detected by a school and household survey in the mid 1980s.

The residential facility located at 6 Upper Musgrave Avenue in Kingston, has been in operation since April 1991, and provides rehabilitation treatment to more than 300 persons annually who may not have been be able to afford the services otherwise

“It feels really good. The organization is pleased with the support from the National Health Fund and it is well timed”, said Manager of Patricia House, Howard Gough, adding that clients will be extremely happy with the improvements when fully completed.

Mr. Gough noted that since 1990 when the European Union provided funds to refurbish the main building in preparation for the commencement of service to clients, there has been no meaningful maintenance of the facility due
to limited resources. “This has resulted in steady deterioration over the years of operation”, he pointed out.

The grant will assist in rectifying damages to the floor, roof, windows and doors and toilet facilities. The grant will also cover the provision of bedroom and other furniture as well as appliances to replace damaged or obsolete ones.

Mr. Gough said that he expects that the improvement of the physical environment at the facility will make it more conducive for the therapeutic intent of the drug abuse rehabilitation programmes, thereby increasing the overall quality and output of services offered.

Work on the facility commenced in June and is expected to be completed in September 2008.

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