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Bay County is building a new substance abuse treatment facility at the Bay County Jail

two hands are wrapped around jail cell bars

It will expand the current rehab program, that’s located at the Bay County Jail.

Bay County is slated to build a brand-new substance abuse treatment facility at the Bay County Jail.

County Manager Robert Majka said at the last commissioners meeting, that the project would cost roughly $4.3 million.

The project will expand the jail's lifeline drug rehabilitation program, which has been around for several decades.

“The Bay County Jail Substance Abuse Unit construction is in the amount of $4,385,000," Majka said at last Tuesday's county commissioners meeting. "It authorizes the Chairman to execute the contract or make any contract modifications as approved by the county attorney.”

Dominguez Design-build, a Pensacola-based company, will design the building. The current rehab facility holds 60 inmates.

Once the project is complete, the new facility will hold up to 120 beds.

Adrian Andrews is a multimedia journalist with WFSU Public Media. He is a Gadsden County native and a first-generation college graduate from Florida A&M University. Adrian is also a military veteran, ending his career as a Florida Army National Guard Non-Comissioned Officer.

Adrian has experience in print writing, digital content creation, documentary, and film production. He has spent the last four years on the staff of several award-winning publications such as The Famuan, Gadsden County News Corp, and Cumulus Media before joining the WFSU news team.