ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A sobering center is expected to open on Diamond Lake Boulevard in the fall as an alternative for jailtime for those who have been arrested for public intoxication.
The facility will be run by Adapt, an organization that focuses on primary care, drug addiction and behavioral health. The facility will hold seven people at a time and officials said they have plans to eventually expand to 12.
They said a person will not be held in the facility for more than 24 hours after their arrest. After a person is released, officials said Adapt will continue to provide resources as they continue on the road to recovery.
“We want to keep them safe and keep the community safe while we engage them in other services that would prevent the likelihood of recurrence,” said Greg Brigham, the chief executive officer for Adapt.
Brigham said the facility will be modeled after one in Grants Pass, which has proven to be successful.
Adapt received a $250,000 grant from Oregon Health Authority to start the project. With help from their community partners, he said Adapt bought an abandoned warehouse for $750,000.
Brigham said they have enough money to start construction this summer and open the facility in the fall. However, he said the facility will cost nearly $350,000 a year to run 24/7. Right now, they’re looking for more funding.
“We are trying to get to that $350,000 mark annually through other local participants,” said Brigham.
He said Roseburg, Myrtle Creek, Sutherlin and Winston city governments have pledged a total of $220,000 annually to cover those operation costs.
Some Douglas County residents told KEZI 9 News that they believe this program will be a benefit to the community.
“I think it’s a good first step,” said Mark Garrett. “Not the total answer, but it’s part of it certainly.”