Community leaders meet to discuss possible sobering center in the Brazos Valley

Published: Jul. 29, 2022 at 2:43 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2022 at 6:18 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - Hospital workers, law enforcement and community leaders met Friday to learn about a new way to make sure those under the influence have a safe place to sober up.

The Sobering Center Committee is hoping to bring a Safe Alternative For Everyone (S.A.F.E) Sobering Center to the Brazos Valley.

Nancy Winn, chair of the committee, thinks that the center will be an important tool for the community.

“I feel a sobering center is a way to have an intervention and identify gaps and getting individuals the services they need and at the same time helping our community,” said Winn.

The mission of the center is to provide a place of temporary refuge for adults affected by alcohol and substance misuse.

The committee believes if there is a S.A.F.E. Sobering Center built in the Brazos Valley it will be an alternative to incarceration or a trip to the emergency room.

The center could also provide some financial relief to community taxpayers by preserving law enforcement and medical resources. Another branch of the center will give impaired and intoxicated adults tools and recovery resources for lifelong success through community care coordination.

“If we can divert those people from jails and hospitals, overall we’ll see a cost saving through the treatment program,” said Brazos County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Wayne Dicky.

The Sobering Center Committee hopes to launch a pilot program in September and are hopeful to have the S.A.F.E. Sobering Center operating in the area in two to three years.