Charlie’s Place wait list expected to increase
July 24, 2010 – CORPUS CHRISTI – Amy Rhoads Granberry took a few minutes during public comment at a recent Nueces County government meeting to spread an impending message:state cutbacks to the area’s largest substance abuse treatment facility would cause bigger community problems.
It would mean a longer wait for addicts in need of treatment. It would mean Jay Townsend, a recovered drug and alcohol addict of 34 years, wouldn’t have a car, a home or a career path that helps others stay clean. He likely would be stealing to get high, in jail or dead. That scenario would add more work for police, jail and hospital officials, said Granberry, the director of organizational development at Charlie’s Place.
Each year the facility treats 2,200 people in the Coastal Bend area, most of whom fall within the federal poverty guidelines. Charlie’s Place provides medical detox and inpatient treatment at its main location at Interstate 37 and McBride Lane and outpatient counseling in 19 counties. An annual contract from the Department of State Health Services makes up 75 percent of the facility’s annual budget.