Commissioners Say Yes To Corrections/Treatment Facility

Mesa County Commissioners approve a 4.9 million dollar contract to build a new meth treatment facility and expand the current corrections center. Commissioners hope the new facility will help alleviate crowding at the Mesa County Jail. Commissioner Janet Rowland says not only was the building cheaper than building a new jail pod by three million dollars, but it will cost about a half million dollars less a year to operate than a new jail pod. 120 beds will be added to the capacity of mesa county's existing community corrections facility, And the new center will make way for another 140 beds. 92 beds will go to community corrections offenders and the rest will be reserved for those in the meth treatment program. The treatment program will follow the Matrix Model which has been tested in California and has proven to be most effective for breaking addiction to methamphetamine. The three–story building will be built adjacent to the existing Community Corrections Center on South Avenue, and will extend north towards Pitkin Avenue. Construction will begin in early June and the center should be finished by March of next year. The new center will create 20 new jobs in Mesa County.