First review of resumes to begin September 5, 2017.
The recruitment process is underway for the first ever Executive Director of a new center to tackle binge drinking and public intoxication on the streets of Austin.
Directors of the Austin-Travis County Sobriety Center are searching for a leader with expertise in substance abuse and recovery and the executive skills necessary to serve as the Center’s Executive Director. The successful candidate will be responsible for launching the center, hiring staff, overseeing building renovations, improving public health and safety and relieving some of the financial burdens on the criminal justice and emergency medical systems.
The Center – a joint project between the City of Austin and Travis County – is due to open next year at 12th and Sabine Streets, on the site of the former Travis County Medical Examiner’s facility. It will make Austin one of the few cities across the nation with specialist facilities providing frontline aid and support to publicly intoxicated individuals who need to sober up. The center is a collaboration between criminal justice, law enforcement and medical officials who sought to find a better way to help people who were drunk in public. Similar efforts have proven successful in Houston, Cambridge, Portland, San Antonio, and San Francisco.
While alcohol abuse is the primary problem addressed by sobering centers, many people also have issues with other substances and may be suffering from mental illness. Without sobering centers, these people often end up in emergency departments or jails. Diverting them to sobering centers provides relief to emergency medical and criminal justice systems and, more importantly, provides problem drinkers with better care and support.
“The job of Executive Director will be crucial to the center’s success and that’s why we’re taking this recruitment process so seriously,” a spokesperson for the Austin-Travis County Sobriety Center said. “While police and emergency medical services currently do a great job, we believe the new sober center will ease the pressure on public safety teams and provide problem public drinkers with specialist support more quickly and effectively.”