Since the opening of the Crow Wing County Detox Center on July 28 , the center has proved to be beneficial, a county social services supervisor said Tuesday.
Linda Auger, county social services supervisor, told the Crow Wing County Board on Tuesday that operation of the detox center has gone remarkably well so far.
The center provides detox and assessment services for people with chemical abuse and dependency problems. It can house up to eight people at a time. A nurse is on staff 24 hours each day. The center also has a chemical dependency counselor during the day and other support staff people.
Since opening, the center has admitted 326 people, half from Crow Wing County. People from 13 counties have been admitted at the detox center. Other counties whose residents have used the center include Mille Lacs, Aitkin and Morrison.
The average stay for a patient is 2.5 days, but some have stayed as long as five. Auger said that unfortunately, 24 people, or about one a week, had to be turned away because there were no openings.
Area police and sheriff's departments, medical facilities, probation officers, families, social services people or the individual may make referrals to enter the detox center. The center's staff is able to provide transportation to and from the facility.
Auger said a counselor meets with patients during their stay to assess the need for treatment and to assist them in accessing the services they need. If people want treatment and it is appropriate for funding through the consolidated treatment fund, they are referred to social services.
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