Tri-City Medical Center and Interfaith Community Services, a North County-based nonprofit, announced that they have begun a collaborative effort to provide expanded services to residents struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.
Interfaith has operated a program in Escondido, in partnership with the city, that provides a sobering center with 10 mats where local police, at their discretion, can bring intoxicated people as an alternative to taking them to the county jail or local emergency rooms - at a significant cost savings to both. The program also includes a 34-bed residential treatment program for men and women battling addiction.
However, the leased facility where the programs operate is within the footprint of Escondido's new redevelopment plan. Consequently, the city has notified Interfaith that its lease will not be renewed upon expiration in May of next year.
Under the collaboration, Interfaith will relocate its programs within the Tri-City Healthcare District, which serves Oceanside, Carlsbad, and Vista. Planning remains in the early stages; no site has been selected.
"Drug and alcohol addiction are societal problems that impact all communities and the communities we serve are certainly not exempt," said Larry Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of Tri-City. "Tri City is pleased to be in a position to collaborate with Interfaith, which has an exemplary track record in dealing with the societal damage caused by drug and alcohol addiction. We look forward to the benefits that it will yield to our community."
Richard Batt, Executive Director at Interfaith, said relocating the sobering program along Highway 78 will make it more accessible to all of North County: "Our collaboration with Tri-City will enable us to expand our addiction recovery program to all nine municipalities in North County to better serve the needs throughout the region," Batt said. "We're also inviting other nonprofit addiction recovery programs to participate in this planning effort to provide collaborative, efficient, and best-in-class addiction recovery to the people of North County."