FARMINGTON — Farmington's rates of sexual assault, shoplifting, loitering, trespassing and panhandling would jump if Four Winds Recovery Center lost state funding for its detoxification program, its director said Tuesday afternoon.
More of the city's transients would freeze to death in alleyways and parks, and more would stumble into traffic and be hit, said the center's director, Jolene Schneider.
"You throw alcohol in, and things just get ..." Schneider said, stopping her sentence short and shaking her head.
Gallup and Durango, Colo., are the closest detox centers aside from Four Winds. On Tuesday night, Farmington City Council approved a resolution seeking $300,000 from New Mexico's coffers to fund the local detox program.
Farmington has received the grant since 2004 from the state's Department of Finance Administration. The money funds Four Wind's protective custody detox program.
Farmington General Services Office Manager Joanna Oliver said the city's grant will be reviewed April 2, and the city will receive confirmation shortly after. General Services Director Julie Baird has previously said the city will likely receive the grant.
Without the grant, Schneider said, the detox program would end.
Last year, the center provided detox services to 3,525 people, she said.
The center has 32 beds for men and seven for women in its protective custody detox program. The program treats people who are intoxicated or on drugs for 24 to 72 hours in its detox center to prevent them from injuring themselves or others, Schneider said.
The shelter also has 11 beds for men and seven for women in its 30-day treatment program. That program aims to provide participants the skills to cope without drinking alcohol or using drugs, she said.
In January, the center billed the Department of Finance Administration almost $111,000 for detox services it provided to Farmington, Aztec, Bloomfield, San Juan County and San Juan Regional Medical, according to the center's documents.
Even with the state's grant, the center still loses money, Schneider said. It lost more than $164,000 its first quarter and more than $66,000 its second quarter, according to its documents.
"The bottom line: I want to continue doing what we're doing," Schneider said. "The community needs detox, and we have a 35 year history of providing detox."