I have spent numerous hours at Sunny Acres in various capacities and I have seen positive change there. In the past, San Luis Obispo County had a detox facility. Now the alternative is jail. An alcoholic or addict can keep many people busy, among them firefighters, emergency room staff, probation officers, social workers, jailers, and mental health caregivers. All these people cost money.
Why doesn’t San Luis Obispo have a detox facility? Are we choosing to ignore the problem? Why can’t the powers that be work together instead of antagonizing each other? The ultimate goal should be improving lives.
Immediate action would be much better than waiting for the results of long-term studies. Once someone is arrested, it takes time and taxpayer dollars to get them through the legal system. A lot of money is spent on promoting tourism here but not helping with addiction.
Why are we encouraging tourism instead of services? It seems to me that the county’s priorities are misplaced.
We have a need in our community. The nearest place someone could get help if destitute (Salvation Army in Carpenteria) is closed. The powers that be need to wake up and care!