- Associated Press - Friday, September 11, 2015

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) - A detox center needs a new operator after the Navajo Nation announced it would no longer run the facility.

The Gallup Independent reports (https://bit.ly/1jl8YBA) President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez wrote a letter saying the Navajo National will not operate the Gallup Detox Center as of Oct. 3.

They want to work with city and McKinley County officials to find a replacement.

City Manager Maryann Ustick said it’s important that services remain uninterrupted. Interested parties have until Wednesday to submit contract bids.

Na’nizhoozhi Center Inc. was funded by the Navajo Nation to operate the facility until mid-2013. The tribe’s Department of Behavioral Health took over in 2014.

The facility houses individuals too intoxicated to care for themselves for 12 to 72 hours. Officials acknowledge services have been inadequate.

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Information from: Gallup Independent, https://www.gallupindependent.com

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