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Polk County officials work to open sobering center


Axios Des Moines: Polk County leaders want to open a sobering center for people facing addiction in the metro, Angela Connolly, chairperson of the county board of supervisors, told Axios this week. A sobering center is a place for law enforcement to take people for help rather than to an emergency room or jail. Similar centers in other states have been credited with helping reduce homelessness and incarceration rates, while simultaneously saving taxpayer money. Sobering centers are designed to integrate social services with physical and mental health assistance.

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