Detox facility moved out of jail
Steamboat Springs — Officials say the new location for Routt County’s detox facility is working out well.
For about the past 10 years, detox was located inside the Routt County Jail.
Routt County Undersheriff Ray Birch said it became clear that the secure jail setting was not appropriate for detox. People taken to detox typically are not under arrest.
When someone needed detox, a staff member with Mind Springs Health would be contacted to oversee the person at detox. That is still the case, but now detox is located at the Routt County Justice Center.
Mind Springs Health Program Director Gina Toothaker said Routt County’s detox facility is a short-term place for people to sober up.
“The primary objective is to keep people safe and advocate for them,” Toothaker said.
People can voluntarily go to detox or police will involuntarily take people because they are a danger to themselves.
Mind Springs Health started using the area at the Justice Center earlier this year. Detox is housed in a large room with two holding areas. One area is used for an office; the other is used to house the client.
Toothaker said that, initially, there were some concerns with using the Justice Center because it does not afford the same level of security available at the jail, but so far, there have not been any issues.
“It’s worked out really better than we hoped,” Toothaker said.
Detox is limited to one client at a time, and staff members are trained to deal with detox clients specifically.
“We talk with them about what’s going on and treatment options,” Toothaker said.
Toothaker said the county’s detox program is funded partially by the city of Steamboat Springs, Routt County, Yampa Valley Medical Center, and a small amount of funding comes from the state.
“Detox is one of those services that you do because your community needs it,” Toothaker said.
Other funding comes from the clients, who are charged $200 for using the facility. If they pay the next day, there is a 50 percent discount.
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