By Ed Green
Madison County Fiscal Court is moving forward with its effort to create a local Healing Center, a county-owned facility to provide comprehensive substance use detox, treatment, and addiction-recovery services. This week, county officials released request for proposals seeking construction firms interested in building a facility to house the Healing Center.
Madison County Judge Executive Reagan Taylor initially proposed the Healing Center as a way to deal with severe overcrowding in the county’s jail. Much of the overcrowding is due to drug addiction, and Taylor hopes to address an endless cycle of incarceration for many with addiction. The center will offer treatment services for some offenders as well as longer-term rehab such as peer support, life skills, education and vocational training. Ultimately, he has said, he’d like those with addiction to return to being tax-paying members of the community.
According to Madison County Deputy Judge-Executive Colleen Chaney, the county is still considering two proposals from service providers that responded to a previous P3 RFP and has included specifications for both facilities in the RFP for construction. P3 Kentucky Roundtable members Commonwealth Economics and Jackson Kelly PLLC have served as advisors to Madison County for the P3 projects.
The latest RFP, available at this link, offers interested construction firms two public-private partnership options for each set of specs:
- A design-build-finance-maintain model;
- A design-build only model
Proposals are due no later than 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018.
The following is a news release the county issued regarding its plan.
Madison County Seeks Construction Partners for Healing Center Project
County posts Request for Proposal for interested firms to submit proposals
January 9, 2018 (Richmond, KY) – Madison County Judge Executive Reagan Taylor announced today that the County is seeking proposals from construction firms interested in working on the County’s Healing Center project. The Request for Proposal (RFP) can be found at the County’s website at www.madisoncountyky.us/rfp.
The County is seeking interested construction teams who desire to either A) Design-Build or B) participate in a Public Private Partnership to Design-Build-Finance-Maintain. The proposal is due Monday, February 5, 2018, at 4:00 PM (ET).
This step is the second phase of a three-phase process. Phase 1 identify operational partners to work within the Healing Center, phase 2 is to identify a construction partner, and phase 3 would be to bring a full proposal to the Madison County Fiscal Court for review and potential approval. Currently the County is finalizing the operational partner selection and will simultaneously negotiate for a construction partner. A final recommendation is slated to be brought before the Fiscal Court in February 2018.
“When you think outside the box, you have to make sure you are doing it with the right partners.” said Judge Executive Reagan Taylor. “While the process for finalizing this public private partnership might seem slow to some, I am confident that this pace ensures we do our due diligence to have the right collaborators by our side to make a needed impact on the drug epidemic, not only in Madison County, but throughout the region and the Commonwealth.”
The concept of entering into a public private partnership to address the drug epidemic originated in 2015, when Judge Executive Reagan Taylor wanted to find a solution for the rampant drug use in Madison County and to address the overcrowding of the Madison County Detention Center. The Healing Center concept is for the County to take the lead in developing a rehabilitation and vocational center for individuals as a form of alternative sentencing. Features of the Center will include detox, independent living facilities and life skills curriculum.