The Sobering Center located at 1213 Sabine Street officially opened last week. The center provides a safe environment for publicly intoxicated individuals to sober up and, when appropriate, initiate recovery. It aims to enhance public health and public safety by providing an alternative to the emergency room and jail.
"Downtown Austin Alliance has supported the concept of the Sobering Center since its inception. The Sobering Center provides a place for people to sober up that is more appropriate than jail or hospital emergency rooms. And it reduces the amount of time it takes for police to admit clients. This will get police back on the streets faster, allowing them to focus on more serious issues," said Bill Brice, Downtown Alliance vice president of investor relations and secretary of The Sobering Center board, upon the opening of the center.
The center's mission is about more than just “sobering people up,” it’s also about helping people who might be in trouble with their substance use. It will serve as a place where people can access information about how their substance use puts them and the public at risk and, when needed enable them to access recovery services.
The opening ceremony featured speakers Mayor Steve Adler, Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo and Dr. Rhonda G. Patrick, the executive director of The Sobering Center.