SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A proposal to fund detox and substance abuse treatment centers for the homeless with money from the state’s liquor excise tax is scheduled to go before the state Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee on Monday.
The proposal from Sen. George Munoz, a Gallup Democrat, could appropriate about $40,000 every month to McKinley County if it passes. The allocations for substance abuse services for the homeless would begin in July.
Gallup, which is part of McKinley County, has seen a high rate of hypothermia deaths linked to alcohol each year, and the city has struggled to keep open a detox center during the coldest month of the year to hold those on the streets deemed intoxicated.
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