Government

New recovery home proposed in Dixon

DIXON – The Sauk Valley Voices of Recovery is looking to open a recovery home in Dixon.

The group is a not-for-profit community organization advocating for those recovering from alcohol and substance addition in Lee, Whiteside and Ogle counties.

The goal is to build an environment that encourages, promotes and sustains healthy recovery.

Land trustee Gaylloyd Lott Jr. is petitioning the city for a special-use permit for a sober living home at 403 E. Fellows St. that would house up to 16 residents.

The home would be be managed by Sauk Valley Voices of Recovery and operated by Allied Note Investors, under Legacy Sober Living Homes, according to the petition.

The City Council referred the petition Monday to the Plan Commission, which will make a recommendation to the council for a final vote.

Growing substance abuse treatment options in the area has been a goal for years, especially after a rise in overdose deaths locally during the opioid epidemic.

Sinnissippi Centers opened two recovery homes in the last couple of years: one in Dixon for men and one in Amboy for women.

In 2019, KSB Hospital received a $1 million grant to create a network combating substance abuse in the region. The grant was used to implement Project Open, a consortium of medical, behavioral health, public health, public school and law enforcement professionals, to focus on opioid prevention across all ages through awareness, education and training.

Rachel Rodgers

Rachel Rodgers

Rachel Rodgers joined Sauk Valley Media in 2016 covering local government in Dixon and Lee County.