Pennington County's 24/7 Sobriety Program is planning another move, this time just across the parking lot, according to Sheriff Kevin Thom.
The program, now in a three-office complex at 1000 Cambell St., will move into a larger commercial building, at 960 Cambell St., at the end of September.
"This is still only a temporary home," Thom said. The sheriff would like to find a permanent home for the program, which has moved several times in recent years.
Thom announced the move well in advance to give the community a chance to comment.
"If people have any concerns, they should call me or Brian Mueller at 394-6113," he said.
The 24/7 program has been renting the parking lot to the north of its current location for $600 a month to provide parking for clients.
The new rental agreement calls for the program to rent the larger space and parking lot for $2,500 a month with utilities included.
"It's comparable or slightly more than what we are paying now," Thom said,
The program provides court-ordered alcohol and drug monitoring and now has 580 active participants, Thom said.
Currently, 282 people are required to check into the facility in the mornings and evenings to submit to a test for alcohol; about 245 others are required to provide one sample per day for testing. An additional 121 people are required to take a random urine analysis on a regular basis. In addition, the program supervises 48 individuals wearing Secure Remote Alcohol Monitors that measure blood alcohol levels through perspiration.
Pennington County was part of a pilot 24/7 program that began in 2005.
The program has a staff of nine part-time technicians, a support staffer and a full-time supervisor. Testing is conducted from 5:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The majority of clients are required to pay for the testing.
"It's a good program, and it supports itself," Thom said.
Contact Andrea Cook at 394-8423 or email@example.com.