Council Will Review First Year of Allumbaugh House

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The Boise City Council is expected to be briefed Tuesday on the first year of operation for Allumbaugh House, the detox and mental health center that has provided services to 1,459 people since it opened in May 2010. The facility, funded by state, county and city (Boise and Meridian) governments as well as local hospitals, reports that on an average day 14 of 16 available beds are full.

Allumbaugh House officials estimate that the average cost per client per night is $247. Compare that to comparable services at a local hospital that would cost $1,500. With an average stay of five nights, the estimated savings per client per stay totals $6,265.

Officials from Allumbaugh House and the City of Boise are still working on a plan to better utilize the facility's sobering station. Currently, the sobering station is entirely voluntary. One option being explored is to advocate for a new state law allowing for a 24-hour involuntary intoxication hold similar to involuntary mental health holds.

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