ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- St. Johns County is now closer to having a detox center.
St. John County Sheriff's Office says the Florida legislature approved $1.3 million in the state budget for the facility.
"As the largest county in Florida without a detox center and with 80% of our residents that needed detox assistance not receiving it in 2012, it was critical that an effort be made to bring a detox facility to our county for the safety and well-being of our residents" said Sheriff David B. Shoar. "We are very appreciative to the State Legislature for recognizing this need."
The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office will be teaming with EPIC Behahvioral Healthcare to start a campaign to buy and renovate an existing building.
"We have a wonderful opportunity to secure a building that will be perfect for the detox center but we must close on this building by August 1 so time is of the essence," said Patti Greenough, CEO of EPIC.
Greenough said buying an existing building will be less expensive than building one.
According to the SJCSO, the planned detox facility will have 16 beds and be led by a team of physicians, nurses, and trained substance abuse professionals.
First Coast News