Renovations planned at ADAPPT halfway house in Reading

READING, Pa. - The GEO Group, the new operator of the ADAPPT halfway house in Reading, said it will spend $4.5 million on upgrades to the center.

The money will go toward security enhancements, an air conditioning system, and bathroom renovations, officials said.

"Among these planned upgrades are the installation of security screens on all windows, replacement of exterior doors and alarms, installation of an air conditioning system, and renovations of the facility's bathrooms," said Derrick Schofield, executive vice president, continuum of care and reentry services at GEO.

The work is expected to begin in January and be completed sometime in the summer.

"Since GEO took over [in April 2017], we have been working diligently to not only improve security at ADAPPT, but also the programming offered to our residents," said Michael Critchosin, the facility's director. "We have added staff, increased the frequency of rounds, enhanced employment verification procedures, made increased use of drug testing, and established house meetings to allow residents to air their concerns and have them addressed directly."

ADAPPT has had multiple overdose deaths in recent years.

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