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Phillipsburg opening new outpatient drug treatment center

PHILLIPSBURG, N.J. - A new outpatient drug and alcohol treatment center is on its way to Phillipsburg.

The Freedom House branch, to be located on South Main Street, will provide outpatient services to  residents by managing detoxing patients and helping to keep people from going back onto the streets, said Mayor Stephen Ellis.

“They are top notch,” Ellis said. “Freedom House is a highly regarded and respected organization.”

Resident Joseph Meyner lauded the development but said that officials ought to ensure that patients received quality care.

“Most of our doctors have no true understanding of addiction,” Meyner said. “We’ve just got to make sure we get at least one in there who does.”

Freedom House has the lease but is waiting on approvals to move forward.

In other news, Phillipsburg council passed a resolution to temporarily move its municipal court to Alpha because of continuing mold problems at town hall.

In a special vote earlier Tuesday evening, Alpha council moved to allow Phillipsburg free use of its municipal court for Feb. 8, 15 and 22.

Alpha Mayor Craig Dunwell and Councilmen Peter Pettinelli and Mike Schwar met in executive session with Phillipsburg officials to start hashing out what a payment contract would look like if the agreement went beyond its three sessions.

Phillipsburg council also appointed Samuel Cappello as safety and environmental officer for town municipal buildings.

The safety officer oversees air quality, Hazmat and emergency escape plans.

Cappello, who had already submitted several action plans, is  certified in all areas.

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