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Drug Rehab Nonprofit Buys CVS Site

A Danbury-based addiction-treatment nonprofit plans to move its local outpatient clinic to the former CVS site at Whalley Avenue and Orchard Street, after purchasing that recently shuttered ex-pharmacy property for $2.5 million.

On Monday, Midwestern Connecticut Council of Alcoholism Inc. (MCCA) bought the 1.15-acre commercial property at 215 Whalley Ave. from the Brandfon Family Limited Partnership for $2.5 million, according to a recent filing on the city’s online land records database.

That property — previously home to a CVS pharmacy, which closed its doors earlier this year — was most recently appraised by the city as worth $2,427,600.

Founded in 1972, MCCA bills itself on its website as “the primary provider of substance abuse prevention, evaluation and treatment services in the greater Danbury area.” It currently operates seven outpatient clinics in Danbury, Milford, Waterbury, Bridgeport, and in the Whalley-Edgewood-Beaver Hills neighborhood at 419 Whalley Ave.

In a brief email exchange with the Independent on Wednesday, MCCA Chief Financial Officer Glenn Connan said that MCCA purchased the former CVS site with the intention of moving its current Whalley Avenue clinic to that location.

“We currently operate our New Haven Outpatient Clinic just up the road at 419 Whalley Avenue and are just looking to relocate to better serve the community,” Connan wrote.

He did not respond to a follow up request for comment on what specific types of medical services will be provided at this location, how many patients MCCA expects to treat there, and what if any types of changes to the prominent Whalley Avenue corner property the healthcare nonprofit intends to make.

MCCA’s website states that it offers at all seven of its outpatient clinics medication-assisted treatment – such as Suboxone, Naltrexone, and Subutex — in combination with “counseling and behavioral therapies” to treat patients struggling with opioid addictions.

Its website also says that the current outpatient clinic at 419 Whalley Ave. offers a range of “addiction services,” including outpatient treatment, intensive outpatient, and programs for pre-trial intervention, anger management, and relapse prevention.

“Our New Haven Outpatient Clinic offers a full-range of outpatient treatment options for those dealing with addiction. From individual to group to intensive outpatient (IOP), our supportive therapies help clients to recognize their triggers and destructive behavior and begin to create the positive changes leading to a healthier lifestyle and improved sense of well-being,” the MCCA site reads in part.

“Intensive Outpatient (IOP) is ideal for individuals unable to enter a residential program due to work and family obligations. One of our most popular groups for individuals struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, IOP meets three times a week for three-hour sessions.”

The New Haven Independent is a not-for-profit public-interest daily news site founded in 2005.

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