Payson Receives Funding For Meth Detox Facility

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Payson will soon be home to a new detox facility for meth addicts, thanks to a $666,780 grant from Arizona Department of Health Services' Division of Behavioral Health.

The money was awarded to Cenpatico Behavioral Health of Arizona for the Community Bridges Detox Program, in partnership with Mayor Bob Edwards, the Payson Police Department and Rim Guidance Center.

The grant will fund a treatment center complex of four buildings, including outpatient detox services, aftercare and recovery support.

Community Bridges and community in-kind donations will provide a $178,220 cash match.

The money is part of a $2.5 million grant package announced this week by Gov. Janet Napolitano to provide treatment for methamphetamine and other drug abuse. Treatment, prevention, education and law enforcement are integral parts of the Governor's comprehensive approach to reduce supply and demand of meth in Arizona.

"Treating meth abuse is a key part of an aggressive strategy to eradicate this devastating drug from our neighborhoods," said Gov. Napolitano. "Increasing access to treatment is a critical component of our anti-meth plan."

The Arizona Department of Health Services' Division of Behavioral Health recently made the awards for treatment centers specializing in meth abuse.

The awards are available to Arizona's rural and tribal communities, specifically targeting areas of the state with high rates of need for substance abuse treatment and few local providers to deliver services.

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