There is no doubt about the need for a detox center in Boise so the coppers can take people someplace besides the Emergency Room or the slammer to sober up.
There was a lot of fanfare about an agreement and possible 2010 opening for a joint city, county, state facility known as “Substance Abuse and Mental Health Crisis Center.” The GUARDIAN hereby dubs it “SAM-HIC.”
SAM-HIC was a long time coming, mostly because the state of Idaho refused to step up and obey the law passed by the legislature designating the Department of Health and Welfare as the agency to treat drug, alcohol and mental health issues.
Idaho H&W got spanked by an audit team for inaction, but the lawmakers never gave them the cash to do the deal. Team Dave has led the charge of late after Sheriff Gary Raney stumbled a bit trying to bring key players to the table–at the Arid Club.
Even now we note the facility will be owned by the Boise/Ada Housing Authority (the GUARDIAN hereby christens it “BA-HA”) which will use funds from Boise, Ada County, State of Idaho, Eagle, and Meridian. The joint agreement calls for $2.7 million in the pot and an annual operating cost of $1.8
million. It SHOULD be paid for by the state of Idaho.
Garden City and Star, home to at least as many drunks, druggies, and mental cases per capita as the rest of Ada county refused to contribute. No doubt they will have the same access–without paying–as the others.
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