UNM study finds County funded Public Inebriate Intervention Program saves Bernalillo County hundreds of thousands of dollars per month

March 3, 2015 - Institute for Social Research

The Albuquerque Journal recently reported on a study published by ISR that finds a new County funded emergency detoxication program in Bernalillo County saves hundreds of thousands of dollars per month. The program was started in May 2013 and is called Public Inebriate Intervention Program, or PIIP. PIIP has 25 beds and takes walk-ins and referrals from the police department and hospitals. The program provides a safe place to spend the night and a meal for intoxicated homeless persons who may be a danger to themselves or others. It is also a less expensive option than spending the night in jail or the emergency room.

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