EL CENTRO — The Imperial County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve and increase the current contract to the maximum contract amount of $100,000 between the Imperial County Behavioral Health Services and McAlister Institute Treatment and Education Inc., based out of El Cajon, San Diego for the fiscal year 2015-2016.
In November 2015, the Board approved a Treatment Facility Agreement with McAlister Institute in the amount of $50,000 to provide services to individuals suffering from the effects of alcohol and drug abuse and the chronic disease of alcoholism or drug addiction.
According to the Director of the Imperial County Behavioral Health Services Michael Horn, during the course of the agreement, the department identified additional services were in need for the completion of the agreement and requested to expand the contract from the initial $50,000 to $100,000.
“We have had an increase in the number of people going to the McAlister Center for treatment,” said Horn. “We have been sending people there (McAlister Institute) for a long period of time.”
The McAlister Institute Treatment & Education Inc., is an organization experienced in providing substance abuse treatment, drug intervention, and recovery support services.
“Historically we have sent people for a 14-day detox, but we know that there is a benefit for some people spending 30-90 days in the program,” explained Horn. “This is something that we are doing with the collaboration with the detention department.”
Chairman Jack Terrazas said it was a good expansion especially since the State will reimburse the funds rather than utilizing the general fund. The cost of the Treatment Facility Agreement is 100 percent refundable by the State of California through Assembly Bill 109.
District 3 Supervisor Michael Kelley questioned whether the program had a limit on the number of clients referred to the agency.
“The only limit is the facility’s capacity,” explained Horn. “There are times when it is full, but for the most part we have been pretty good at getting them (clients) in.”
Additionally, Horn advised the board they are currently seeking additional companies in San Diego County and Palm Springs area to obtain more programs and flexibility.