Detox Center To Open This Year

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The Town of Payson will soon have an outpatient detox program at 803 W. Main St. The program will feature a treatment center complex of four buildings, including outpatient detox services, aftercare and recovery support.

The money for the project was awarded by the Governor's office to Cenpatico Behavioral Health of Arizona, in partnership with Mayor Bob Edwards, the Payson Police Department and Rim Guidance Center.

Cenpatico received almost $667,000 in grants from the governor's office. Community in-kind donations will provide an additional $178,220.

The money is part of a $2.5 million grant package announced last week by Gov. Janet Napolitano with a goal to provide treatment for methamphetamine and other drug addiction.

Terry Stevens, chief executive officer of Cenpatico, said she is very excited about having a Level 4 detox center in Payson, and added she expects the center to be open by the end of the year.

The building is already there, she said, and they are in the process of remodeling it.

People in Payson with substance abuse problems will no longer have to go to the Valley to find help, she said.

When Cenpatico came into the area about two years ago, Police Chief Gordon Gartner asked about the possibility of a detox center in Payson.

Payson Police Commander Don Engler said the police department will be one of the referring agencies.

"We do support their effort," he said.

Edwards said he thinks having the detox center in Payson is very important.

"This will be a big help," he said.

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

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