Franklin drug-alcohol rehab center to open soon

Oil Region Recovery co-owner Chris Taylor walks out of the newly remodeled dining area of the drug and alcohol rehabilitation center at 701 Grant St., the former site of several bars over the years (By Richard Sayer).

A former sports pub in Franklin that has been transformed into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center is expected to open by the end of July.

Oil Region Recovery, located in the former Taylors’ Pub building at 701 Grant St., opened its doors to county officials and staff Friday for a sneak preview of the men’s in-patient care facility.

“People are amazed we’ve gone the 180. It’s changed,” said Rindy Taylor, who owns the rehab center along with her son, Chris.

The Taylors gutted their building last summer after having operated it as a pub since 2012. Prior to their ownership, the building had been a bar under various names since opening in the 1960s.

The mother-and-son duo both have backgrounds to support their new endeavor. Chris Taylor has degrees in criminal justice and sociology and worked in state parole for five years; Rindy Taylor retired from Polk Center in 2010, after 40 years of working in roles that included residential unit manager and director of program services.

The new rehab center boasts four bedrooms, containing 15 beds; four offices; day rooms; and kitchen and dining room space.

Motivational sayings now dot the building’s interior, where patients will receive specialized care that will include individual counseling, group sessions and weekend family programs.

The typical patient will receive treatment lasting 14 to 28 days.

“We’re all very excited,” said Heather Strock, the center’s clinical supervisor. “I like the fact that it’s 15 beds. It’s more individualized treatment with families and with clients, which is proven to be more effective,”

The 17-person staff also includes counselors, program assistants, an admissions supervisor and kitchen staff. Chris Taylor will act as facility director, and Rindy Taylor will oversee daily operations.

Oil Region Recovery will be acting as one of the few in-patient centers in the county, servicing Venango, Crawford, Mercer and Butler counties initially, Rindy Taylor said.

After a state inspection, she said, the center should be operating before the end of next month, as “different counties are anxious for us to get open because there is a waiting list for patients.”

“We want to help address barriers,” Strock said. “Whatever the client’s program looks like, we’ll meet them there.”