- Associated Press - Sunday, October 30, 2016

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) - A detox center in Gallup will have an annual operating budget for the first time in nearly four years.

The Gallup Independent reports (https://bit.ly/2ePWjfD) city officials have approved an annual budget of more than $1 million to Na’nizhoozhi Center Inc. Detox, freeing detox staff from having to spend time fundraising.

Previously, the center received operating funds only for two to four months at a time.

The funding will also cover the Shelter Care Center.

City councilors say most of the money was obtained through the liquor excise tax and state funds geared toward designated behavioral health investment zones.

City Chief Financial Officer Patty Holland says $242,000 is from a state grant.

The Navajo Nation Department of Behavioral Health previously operated Gallup Detox Center but ended its role there last year.

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

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