At the regular meeting of the Board of El Paso County Commissioners Thursday, Commissioners unanimously approved a transitional agreement to transfer operations of the County Social Detoxification Program to a non-profit organization with the experience and capacity to expand available treatment services.
Crossroads’ Turning Points, Inc., will assume operations of the detox program, effective
Dec. 2. In the near term, Crossroads will continue to use the current detox facility for operations at 2723 East Las Vegas Street in the Criminal Justice Center complex but plans to relocate to a different facility in 2018.
“This is a major issue in the community, and we care about it,” said Board President Darryl Glenn.
El Paso County, AspenPointe and area hospitals have worked together for months to identify a program and provider with the ability to offer services assistance beyond short-term detox. El Paso County stepped in to open a detox center in 2009 when a previous operator abruptly closed the doors. The County has worked diligently with state resources and local partners for the past eight years to provide this community benefit, even though the service is not a state mandated county service and when the County took on the program in 2009 it was always intended as a temporary solution.
The transitional agreement moves forward a longstanding commitment from El Paso County, AspenPointe, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and UCHealth Memorial to engages the new detox provider, Crossroads, in the formulation of after-detox and preventive care that is key for the long-term success in dealing with addiction. Detox is a community issue and leaders at Crossroads are committed to continuing to collaboration with the hospitals and other community partners.
“It’s important for the community to know that this program will remain in the community,” said Leroy Lucero, Crossroads CEO/President. “We look at the needs and how best to meet them.”
AspenPointe Health Network, is the state designated Managed Service Organization for El Paso and six other Colorado counties. It is responsible for funding to support social detox in the region. AspenPointe also provides an onsite therapist, care coordinator and peer support at detox to help with the transition to outpatient care. Penrose-St. Francis will provide the support of a life coach and UCHealth Memorial and the other partners will remain at the table to problem-solve and expand the model.
“The transition of the detox program has been a long collaborative process, and we look forward to continuing to work with Crossroads and our other partners to provide needed services to those in our region struggling with alcohol and substance abuse,” DHS Executive Director Julie Krow said.
Crossroads’ Turning Points, Inc. is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization based in Pueblo and is Southern Colorado’s largest alcohol and drug prevention, intervention, and substance use disorder treatment agency. Providing services in 15 counties, Crossroads’ specialties include heroin and opioid addiction treatment with a full continuum of care to include detox, residential and outpatient services.
“Crossroads’ continuum of care is so much greater than what El Paso County could provide,” said Cheryl Schnell, DHS Adult and Family Services Director.
Crossroads utilizes multi-therapeutic treatment within each of the clinical programs, depending on individual needs, with additional co-occurring services. Each person enrolled in treatment receives an intensive case management assessment, followed by case management planning. Specific populations include adolescents, women, women with children, criminal justice referrals, and individuals requiring methadone maintenance and counseling.
“Crossroads will add preventive services and increase the flexibility of the program,” said Commissioner Stan VanderWerf. “This is a great step forward for the community.”
Contact: Kristina Iodice
DHS Public Information Officer
Phone: 444-5533 Cell: 235-8478