COLUMBUS, Ind. — A mental-health provider is in negotiations to purchase a building in the Columbus AirPark as the possible location for a medical-addictions treatment program.

Centerstone, a community-based mental health and addiction service, has operated in Indiana for nearly 60 years. Its Columbus offices are located at 720 N. Marr Road.

SIHO Insurance Services, Columbus, has owned the building at 1680 Whitney Court for a few years, said Doug Fauth, SIHO vice president and general counsel. It has been used by the insurance company as corporate temporary housing for consultants and others on short-term work assignments, he said.

The possibility and need for an in-patient, opioid-addiction treatment center has been mentioned in plans by the Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress in Bartholomew County (ASAP). The ASAP group is aware that Centerstone is pursuing the building, said Scott Lewellen, Centerstone’s director of marketing and public relations.

While there are a few treatment centers in surrounding counties, this is the first proposal for an in-patient treatment center in Bartholomew County that is underway. “We are evaluating and developing details of a short-term, medical-addictions program that will include 24-hour staff supervision,” said Shirley Arney, Centerstone’s chief administrative officer.

Read more in Wednesday’s print edition of The Republic.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.