Town of Taos committee recommends detox center permit

By John Miller
jmiller@taosnews.com
Posted 8/7/19

Taos moved one step closer to a new detox center Wednesday evening (Aug. 7).

The Taos Planning and Zoning Committee voted to recommend that the Taos Town Council approve a special use permit, …

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Town of Taos committee recommends detox center permit

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Updated Aug. 13 at 9 a.m.

Taos moved one step closer to a new detox center Wednesday evening (Aug. 7).

The Taos Planning and Zoning Committee voted to recommend that the Taos Town Council approve a special use permit, which Río Grande Alcoholism Treatment Program applied for earlier this year to repurpose a building at 920 Salazar Road.

Rio Grande, which has provided addiction treatment services in Northern New for more than 40 years, won a request for proposal earlier this year from Taos County to reintroduce detox, a service that hasn't been available in Taos  since 2015.

The program's director, Lawrence Medina, said at a packed meeting Wednesday that the new center will be designed to accomodate 16 patients at a time.

Patients would be accepted based on a medical clearance, he said, and regardless of whether they are insured. Their length of stay would depend on the nature of their addiction. Upon release, a "discharge plan" would recommend next steps that could include longer term treatment at one of several residential treatment centers that operate outside of Taos County.

Residents of the town of Taos expressed overwhelming support for the proposed project and cheered when the committee recommended the application.

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