- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A Rapid City committee is recommending the City Council help Pennington County open a new detox facility next year.

Police Chief Karl Jegeris says an existing detox facility in the city has reached capacity, and more space is needed to treat intoxicated people.

He spoke at the city Legal and Finance Committee meeting Wednesday in support of a proposal for the city to spend about $900,000 to help the county remodel the former National American University building into a detox facility.

The Rapid City Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1Wscqzk ) that the committee gave its blessing to the spending plan. The $900,000 would be just under half of the remodeling cost.

Jegeris says officials hope the new, larger facility could open in summer 2017. The existing facility would close.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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