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Navajos reach agreement to keep detox center open

October 26, 2013 • State News

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation, McKinley County and Gallup officials have signed an agreement to keep a detox and alcohol treatment facility open.

The agreement came after the Na’Nizhoozhi Center Inc. closed its operations in June, sparking fears that alcohol-related violent crime and deaths could increase and hospital emergency rooms could become overwhelmed in Gallup, a city that has made strides reducing public intoxication.

The agreement signed Thursday creates a funding structure for the center and gives the tribe authority to operate the program through its Department of Behavioral Health.

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