San Juan County to discuss Sobering Center, JIP

Farmington school board also will meet this week

The Daily Times staff
San Juan County commissioners will receive an update about the Sobering Center during their meeting on Tuesday.

FARMINGTON — The San Juan County Commission will hear an update about the Sobering Center and the Joint Intervention Program during its meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the county administration building at 100 S. Oliver Drive in Aztec.

The commission will consider its funding agreement with other entities for the Sobering Center and JIP.

The county has an agreement with Farmington, Presbyterian Medical Services and the San Juan Regional Medical Center to provide shelter for intoxicated people at the Sobering Center and treatment options through the Joint Intervention Program.

Both the Sobering Center and the Joint Intervention Program are located on Ojo Court off of the Bisti Highway in Farmington.

The Sobering Center was built to replace detox services previously offered by the Four Winds Recovery Center. In 2014, Four Winds decided that it was no longer going to offer detox service and opted to increase residential treatment.

The Joint Intervention Program was begun by the city of Farmington in 2013 to combat alcoholism and drug use. The program identifies people who spend the majority of their time incarcerated or in the hospital due to drug or alcohol use.

A housing component was added to the program in 2016.

In addition to the county meeting, the Farmington Municipal School District board also will meet this week. The meeting is set for 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the district central office at 2001 N. Dustin Ave. The board will consider a resolution regarding the lease purchase of technology equipment using mill funding, according to the agenda.