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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Larimer County Needs Detox

It's hard to believe that in a county as large as Larimer there is no treatment available. If people need help they have to go to Greeley in Weld County. The Larimer County jail population has been out of control for awhile and they really need to look at some realistic options because they can't afford to keep building cages.

A community partnership group is looking to the federal government for help in getting a detoxification and acute mental health facility built in Larimer County, something experts say is sorely needed.

Colorado Democratic Sen. Ken Salazar and Republican Rep. Marilyn Musgrave have included funding requests in the Health and Human Services appropriations bills making their way through Congress to help get the long-needed facility on its way.

"The need is growing faster than the population," said Erin Hall, community projects manager with the Health District of Northern Larimer County. Hall is also the program manager for the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Partnership of Larimer County, which made the funding requests.

Patients who need those services now go to the Island Grove Regional Treatment Center in Greeley, more than 30 miles away. The center serves people who need treatment one step below what Mountain Crest Behavioral Healthcare Center in Fort Collins provides.

Admissions to Island Grove's detox facility, which have increased by 5 percent to 10 percent a year, are expected to grow 22.5 percent over the next three years, Hall said.

The requests - $100,000 by Salazar in the Senate and $1 million by Musgrave in the House - would go toward constructing the $5 million facility, Hall said. The remaining money for construction - none has been raised so far - would be raised through public and private sources, Hall said. The facility would open in the first half of 2009, she said.

Having these resources in the community would better serve those who need treatment, said Randy Ratliff, executive director of the Larimer Center for Mental Health.

“The biggest thing is that notion that we need to make these services available near where people live, work and play,” he said. “It gives greater access to support systems and all the things needed to reinforce recovery.”

A failed ballot measure in November to expand the county’s criminal justice system through a property tax increase included $1 million to get the facility up and running.

“The need (for such a facility) has been identified in the community for more than a decade,” said Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden.

Such a facility would relieve pressure at the jail, which has become the de facto resource for mental health treatment in the county, said sheriff’s Maj. Gary Darling, who oversees the jail.

5 to 10 percent: Annual increase in admissions to the Island Grove detox facility in Greeley

> 22.5 percent: Anticipated increase in detox admissions at Island Grove over the next three years

> 9 percent: Anticipated increase in admissions to the acute mental health facility at Island Grove over the next three years

> 22 percent: Percentage of inmates at the Larimer County Detention Center receiving mental health treatment

> 36,000: The number of people in Larimer County believed to suffer from mental illness or substance abuse

> 3,600: The number of people in Larimer County believed to have co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders



concerned said...

It is obvious the people will not vote for investment in treatment facilities while the request is wrapped up in a package with more jail construction. This seems a political ruse to construct more jails, combining the two requests. Seperate the request for treatment facilities from the request for jail expansion and their might be a better response from the people. You might question motive; are jail construction contractors behind what appears on the ballot?

william said...

The county commissioners Tuesday placed a measure that would create the tax and facility on the Nov. 4 ballot. The action was followed by a news conference outside the courthouse offices building sponsored by a citizen group that supports the proposal, Bridge the Gap.
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Anonymous said...

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先說年號問題,明朝皇帝在位時間再長, 酒店兼差年號也只有一個,惟獨他特殊,在位總共不過十五年,年號卻有兩個,前一個叫正統,後一個叫天順。倒不是因為他非要搞特權,兩個年號之間, 禮服店是由一大堆可氣的事串起來的。

先說正統朝,差不多是地球酒店打工人都知道的,這麼多的忠良幹才他不信任,偏寵信一個教書先生出身的太監王振, 一幹閹党把國家禍害得烏煙瘴氣。後來瓦剌犯邊,忠臣良將的苦勸不聽,偏聽死太監攛掇,非要御駕親徵, 合法酒店經紀帶著幾十萬人牛氣哄哄出了長城,按說既然親徵你就好好 打啊,他不,走到半道又後悔了,連敵人影 酒店工作都沒見著就撤兵,撤兵麼撤得快點啊,跑還沒跑成,讓人家圍在土木堡包了餃子,稀裏糊塗一場 酒店上班混戰,幾十萬大軍全死 光,連本人也當了俘虜。丟人到如此,實在可氣。

英宗被抓到蒙古高原上去啃生羊肉了, 酒店兼職爛賬總要有人收拾。皇帝讓人綁了,敵人打到家門口了,總不成學宋朝 來個衣冠南渡吧!還好喝酒 有他親弟弟給他收拾,弟弟朱祁鈺繼承帝位,改年號為景泰,可氣的正統朝總算結束了。景泰帝信用 酒店PT良臣于謙,成功組織北京保衛戰打垮敵 人,再運用外交壓力,逼得酒店喝酒 瓦剌把英宗放回來當太上皇,總算不用學宋徽宗那樣客死他鄉。折騰半天,祖宗江山差點丟了不說 禮服酒店,皇位也折騰沒了。這樣的鬧劇,怪不 得別人。

雖是傻事敗事一籮筐,但傻人總算有傻福,雖說皇位沒了, 台北酒店經紀命還是保住了,回來舒舒服服過太上皇的日子倒也 不交際應酬 錯,可他不消停,拉幫結派培植私人勢力,幾年後趁著弟弟病重搞了場“奪門之變”。奪粉味 回了皇位不說,上臺第一件事就是殺掉了功臣于謙。並把當初北京保衛戰 的功臣們來了個大清洗,掌握朝政大權的都是徐有貞、石亨、曹吉祥等一幫姦險小人。雖然過了沒幾年,這幾個人也被明英宗清算,下獄的下獄(石亨),充軍的充 軍(徐有貞) 寒假打工,被殺的被殺(曹吉祥),可明朝的政治氣象,還是一片烏煙瘴氣。

皇位奪回來了,自然就要改年號。於是,明英宗 兼差改年號為天順。從正統年到天順年,打敗仗,殺忠良,寵小人,亂國家,儘是他辦的敗事, 酒店小姐每每讀史到此,不知有多少人氣得 酒店公關直哆嗦。

可正統朝的事畢竟年頭遠了,真正給後 暑假打工世攢下麻煩的,是天順朝。

“天順”麼,按字面意思,自然有風調雨順的意思。 打工從這個意義上說,“天順”朝時代的明朝,運氣還真不 壞,別的且不說,單說綁過明英宗票的瓦剌,那在土木堡創下台北酒店經紀擊敗明朝幾十萬大軍,活捉明朝皇帝偉業的瓦剌首領也先,沒死在大對頭明朝手裏,倒在內戰中被一刀 砍死。到了天順朝時期,瓦剌又和鄰居韃靼打個不停,因此,雖然少了良將於謙,但終天順一朝的邊 酒店境形勢,還算是太平無事。