Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Health. Discussion »
WINDOW ROCK, ARIZONA A Memorandum of Agreement with the city of Gallup, New Mexico and McKinley county signed on Thursday by Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly, the Tribe will operate the Gallup Detox Center. The agreement comes after the Na Nizhoozhi Center Inc. closed its operations in June. Since then the three governments have been formulating an agreement to keep the detox and treatment center open.
McKinley County Commissioner Genevieve Jackson signed the agreement on behalf of the County, Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly, and Gallup Mayor Jackie McKinney signed on behalf of the City of Gallup, New Mexico.
“Today, we come together as three governments to partner and provide a basic service for people who walk that lonely road of alcohol abuse and addiction,”
President Shelly said before he signed the Memorandum of Agreement with the city of Gallup and McKinley county.
The Agreement created a basic structure to fund the detox and aftercare treatment facility and gave the Navajo Nation the authority to operate the program. Plans call for the Navajo Nation Department of Behavioral Health to oversee the operation.
Gallup and the Navajo Nation also agreed to provide $670,000 to improve the property to meet any codes and standards by January 1. The Navajo Nation will provide $350,000 of the funding while Gallup will provide $320,000.
In addition, the Agreement also stated that Gallup and McKinley County would use 10 percent of revenues from the alcohol excise tax to go toward funding the detox facility on an annual basis.
“We’re really grateful that the three agencies came together to address this matter because it is our responsibility,”
Commissioner Jackson said.
Mayor McKinney expressed his gratitude for the agreement.
“This is a great venture and I am so happy and proud to be a part of this,”
Gallup Mayor Jackie McKinney said.
“We are going to work together to help people escape the grips of alcoholism and alcohol abuse, so people may make their lives better for themselves and their families,”
President Shelly said.
“Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to make this possible.”
posted October 25, 2013 6:00 am edt