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Published July 19, 2012, 06:23 PM

Grand Forks Closer to Having Social Detox Center

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Grand Forks is one step closer to opening a social detox center after nearly 10 years of planning. Right now, there isn't a place in the city for people to go to either sober up, or get help if they need it.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Grand Forks is one step closer to opening a social detox center after nearly 10 years of planning.

Right now, there isn't a place in the city for people to go to either sober up, or get help if they need it.

Several local agencies are budgeting for a detox center as the need grows in the area.

Detox facility organizers would need around $200,000 a year to keep the facility up and running. They are currently looking for the right location.

The closest detox centers for people to use are in Crookston and Fargo.

The facility would be more of a social detox than a medical one, a place that people could sleep it off, be monitored health-wise and brought to the hospital if need be.

"There's not a facility and there's people who need the facility. More than the facility, they need an option to change their behavior," Kate Kenna, with the Northeast Human Services Center, said.

"We're looking at what would be the best model for Grand Forks. Some of it may be a facility in town, some of it may be contracting with people who may do that service," Grand Forks Public Health Director Don Shields said.

City officials say because there is no place for intoxicated people to go, sometimes they end up under a bridge, in the back of a cop car or hospitalized because there is no other option.

There is no law for public intoxication unless someone is being disorderly, so it becomes a problem for law enforcement.

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