The brand new Austin-Travis County Sobriety Center will soon be opening after years of planning, and a recent announcement from the board in charge of opening the center states that they are in search of an executive director to help lead the center.

Candidates are being sought out to help lead the new program, which has been modeled after other sobriety centers that are located in San Antonio and Houston. The Austin-Travis County center is expected to officially open in the spring of 2018, with the new executive director taking the helm by the following January.

A representative for the center has gone on record of stating that the program will take in anyone who has been picked up for public intoxication, and it was clarified that they will not take in anyone who has committed any other type of crime. Those affected will be able to safely go to the center, get sober, and not have to go either to jail or to the emergency room, according to the representative.

Furthermore, the center will also connect affected individuals with various types of support and sobriety resources as well.

The center’s board is also currently working with Travis County officials on a final design of the building itself, as it is currently still occupied by the county Medical Examiner’s Office, which is currently slated to move out sometime in September. Afterward, the sobriety center will occupy the bottom two floors and will house beds for a total of 39 men and 8 women.

Kathie Tovo, Austin’s Mayor Pro Tem, is on the board for the center, and says that this has been a long-term goal for the community that has been talked about by many of her colleagues for well over ten years, and they believe it will be a major benefit, as those affected individuals will have someplace safe that they will be able to stay rather than jail or simply be taken to the emergency room. Other residents have also stated that they are glad to see the center so near to completion so that those who need help can all get the help that they need.

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