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FAQs

Q: Is the Sobering Center a treatment center?

No. The Sobering Center is a physically safe place for acutely intoxicated persons to be cared for while they sober. It is meant to provide publicly intoxicated individuals with an alternative option to incarceration and the emergency room. The Sobering Center is also a place where clients can get advice about their substance use and be directly connected to services to help them reduce or eliminate their substance use.

Q: Can anyone go to the Sobering Center to sober up?

We serve adults over the age of 18. Anyone under the influence of any substance is eligible for admission into the Sobering Center. Currently, only law enforcement officers, emergency medical services, and hospitals are able transport intoxicated persons to the Center.

Q: If I am publicly intoxicated and the police or EMS want to take me to jail or the hospital, can I request to be taken to the Sobering Center?

Yes, you can ask to come to the Sobering Center. However, if you are in commission of another crime (i.e. assault or DWI) then you are not eligible for admission and the officer will take you to jail. Law enforcement officers and EMS are aware that the Sobering Center is the best option for people who are publicly intoxicated. They are committed to transporting individuals to the Sobering Center when possible. If you are with someone who is intoxicated, you can also call 911 and request they be taken to the Sobering Center.

Q: What happens when I am at the Sobering Center?

When you arrive, our medics do a quick medical assessment and you are escorted by our Sobering staff to a gender segregated dorm and assigned to a bed or recliner to rest while you sober up safely. During your stay, our staff and counselors are available to talk with you about your substance use and discuss further treatment options.

Q: Can I leave the Sobering Center on my own even if I’m still under the influence?

Yes, we are not a detention facility and we will not force you to remain with us. However, if you appear to be intoxicated and we are concerned that you may present a safety concern to yourself, or to the community, an APD officer on duty will assess your level of intoxication. Keep in mind, that if you leave while still intoxicated, you will be breaking the law, and could be arrested at that time.

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Links

2017
http://digital.olivesoftware.com/olive/apa/austinamericanstatesman/SharedView.Article.aspx?href=AAS%2F2017%2F12%2F12&id=Ar01103&sk=32897084&viewMode=text

2018
https://www.newsradioklbj.com/news/austin-local-news/austin-sobering-center-open-soon
https://www.austinmonitor.com/stories/2018/01/sobering-center-one-step-closer/
https://communityimpact.com/austin/central-austin/public-safety/2018/07/24/sobering-center-prepares-to-open-doors-in-august/
https://www.kvue.com/article/news/local/new-downtown-austin-sobering-facility-is-a-better-alternative-to-jail-or-the-hospital/269-585928840
http://www.dailytexanonline.com/2018/10/12/austin-sobering-center-serves-hundreds-since-august-opening
https://www.kxan.com/news/local/austin/free-downtown-austin-sobering-center-set-to-open-in-a-month/1337894562
http://www.austintexas.gov/department/sobriety-center-local-government-corporation
https://www.kut.org/post/new-sobering-center-gives-intoxicated-people-alternative-jail-or-hospital
https://www.austinchronicle.com/best-of-austin/year:2018/poll:critics/category:politics-and-media/2347768/
http://reportingtexas.com/austin-sobering-center-saves-money-and-lives-officials-say/
https://cbsaustin.com/news/local/labor-day-gives-austins-new-sobering-center-glimpse-into-patient-base
http://www.downtownaustin.com/news-article/sobering-center-now-open-downtown-austin
https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/video-vault/Sobering-Center-Opens-in-Austin_Dallas-Fort-Worth-491680201.html
http://www.tcysapc.org/?p=1225

2019
https://www.statesman.com/news/20190204/how-austins-sobering-center-is-offering-alternative-to-jail
http://www.fox7austin.com/news/local-news/sobering-center-prepares-for-possible-sxsw-influx
https://www.kvue.com/article/money/sobering-center-prepares-for-south-by-southwest/269-cf850373-9ee1-4eb1-8d3b-a2e3d045a191
https://spectrumlocalnews.com/tx/austin/news/2019/03/05/sobering-center-prepares-for-sxsw-after-exceeding-1-000-clients-in-six-months
https://www.dothaneagle.com/news/ap/state/new-austin-sobering-center-offers-alternative-to-jail/image_ac17237a-7c8a-5ab4-8331-1c969f18fc4d.html
https://www.fox7austin.com/news/austin-sobering-center-marks-one-year-anniversary
https://cbsaustin.com/news/local/austins-sobering-center-helps-2000-people-in-first-year
https://www.statesman.com/news/20191101/year-after-launch-austins-sobering-center-sees-positive-results—but-also-turbulence

2020

https://www.kvue.com/article/news/community/austin-sobering-center-update-look-inside/269-be895f73-ff22-4476-9fdd-7e6ed1a9d8a8
https://www.kut.org/post/austin-turns-hotels-and-sobering-center-house-homeless-covid-19-patients
https://communityimpact.com/austin/central-austin/impacts/2020/06/12/sobering-center-announces-laura-sovine-as-new-executive-director/
https://www.kxan.com/news/local/austin/sobering-center-in-austin-to-reopen-24-7-starting-monday/
https://www.kxan.com/news/local/austin/austin-travis-county-sobering-center-taking-in-less-people-seeing-more-severe-cases-during-pandemic/?utm_source=ground.news&utm_medium=referral