DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A proposal for an opioid addiction treatment office in downtown Dover-Foxcroft is on hold as the applicant may consider a new location.
Rosemary Boudreau of Provider Services, a Skowhegan office that prescribes medication for opioid use disorder to around 120 patients, said she wanted to open a similar clinic at 123 East Main St. in Dover-Foxcroft .
A meeting on Thursday was supposed to continue the conversation and allow Boudreau and psychiatric nurse practitioner Janet Zalanskas, who would complete patient assessments and prescribe Suboxone, the chance to respond.
They didn’t show up and the place they were interested in will no longer be rented to them, said code enforcement officer Brian Gaudet.
About 60 residents who attended a meeting of the Dover-Foxcroft planning council last month to learn more about the proposed treatment office debated whether the area’s drug problem is big enough to merit such an establishment. They were also concerned that the proposed location might expose children to those seeking treatment or change the character of the downtown area.
“We don’t know that she has abandoned her plan to come to Dover-Foxcroft at this stage,” said Planning Council Chairman Chris Maas.
Boudreau was trying to get in touch with Northern Light Health to see if the space at 69 High St. near Mayo Hospital could be used instead, but she had no response two weeks ago, said said Dani Buschmann, code officer and planning clerk. Boudreau was not immediately available for comment Friday morning.
She informed the city office a few hours before the meeting to say that she and Zalanskas would not be attending the meeting and thanked the council. The meeting drew four townspeople in person and via Zoom.
If Boudreau is still interested in opening a clinic and finds a new location, she will likely have to submit a new application to the board, Gaudet said. Some submission requirements may remain the same, but if the land use area changes, Boudreau will have to start the process over.
Boudreau wouldn’t have to go to the planning board for approval if the building at 69 High Street becomes available, because using the space as a doctor’s office is already an accepted use, Gaudet said.
The building at 69 High St. served as administrative offices for Regional School Unit 68 for many years before the new SeDoMoCha Elementary School was built with room for office space, said David McDermott, vice president of business. doctors and chief medical officer at Northern Light Health. Dover-Foxcroft and Greenville hospitals.
Mayo Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft later purchased the building and ran a psychiatric and counseling practice there.
“We proposed MOUD [medication for opioid use disorder] there with comprehensive mental health services,” he said. “Last summer, we integrated these practices into our primary care sites and closed this practice.”
Northern Light Health is preparing the building for sale, McDermott said. The space will not be available for rent, but depending on when the sale is made and who buys the building, it may be available in the future, he said.
The board tabled Boudreau’s proposal at Thursday’s meeting.