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Chief Executive Officer Rick Doucet and his colleagues at Community Reach Center, a mental health provider in Adams County, have been visiting neighboring detox facilities in Denver and Boulder for help in establishing its first detox program.
“It’s not much different than any (of our) other programs,” Doucet said.
Community Reach offers substance abuse treatment, outpatient counseling and depression and anxiety therapy at seven locations across Adams County. The nonprofit also provides mental health services inside the Adams County Jail and within the community.
Community Reach is starting the program because Arapahoe House is eliminating its detox program for financial reasons. But Doucet said he is confident he won’t need additional funding from Adams County to run the program.
Arapahoe House spent $6.9 million a year to operate detox programs at three locations in Adams, Jefferson and Arapahoe counties. The Commerce City location cost a little more than $2 million a year to run, Arapahoe House spokesperson Kate Osmundson said.
Doucet said he estimates the detox program will need $1.5 million and $2 million. He said he expects between $600,000 and $800,000 in state mental health money.
“The next largest portion will come from my ability to bill private insurance,” he said. “We’re gonna find a way to pay for it, I have no doubt.”
Specific substances being abused by patients vary in detox centers, from alcohol to opiates, he said.
In the program, each patient will receive personalized care determined by staff diagnosis, Doucet said. “Individualized interventions and after-care supports will be tailored around health and wellness education, recovery, coaching and treatment referral, should it be indicated.”
At this point, the expected rate is $300 a day, which is covered by some insurance plans, first-party fees and state subsidies, he said.
Community Reach will hire about 20 employees, including counselors, medical physician consultants, nurses and addiction specialists.
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.
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