Community Reach Center, a mental health provider in Adams County, will create a new detox program to replace the one that nonprofit Arapahoe House could no longer afford to run.
Rick Doucet, chief executive officer of Community Reach, said the center is working to ensure there will be no lapse of service. Depending on how quickly a location and employees can be secured, he hopes to open the program March 1.
“I’m committed to the county to get it open as soon as possible,” Doucet said.
Arapahoe House, which focuses on substance abuse treatment,has provided detox services to Adams County since 1994. Officials told Adams County commissioners in a Dec. 13 study session that they are losing money on the program and can no longer sustain it. They have not said exactly when those services will end.
“Our goal is to hopefully provide detox through June 30,” Arapahoe House Spokesperson Kate Osmundson said.
Adams County is working with Arapahoe House to take over Arapahoe House’s Commerce City location, 7373 Birch St., Osmundson said.
The building, which is now owned by Arapahoe House, originally belonged to Adams County. Adams County transferred the building to Arapahoe House to provide detox to the community.
“Our goal is to reacquire the building so these services can continue, but now with a different provider,” Adams County Commissioner Steve O’Dorisio said. He expects to have further details in coming weeks.
Doucet is counting on being able to use the Commerce City buidling. “It’s the best location for this community,” he said.
The detox center needs to be in a central location for efficiency and convenience for Adams County law enforcement agencies, which regularly transfer people to detox as a result of DUI charges and drug overdoses, Doucet said.
It takes deputies about 10 minutes to transfer someone to the Arapahoe House Commerce City detox location, Adams County Sheriff Michael McIntosh has said.
Without a replacement center, officers would need to take welfare placements to the Adams County Jail, which requires a nearly three-hour check-in process, he said.
O’Dorisio is optimistic that all pieces will fall into place.
“We continue to make progress toward a long-term solution, while minimizing or avoiding disruption in detox services,” he said.