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Circle Program reopens in Pueblo

Posted at 3:47 PM, Oct 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-15 17:47:47-04

PUEBLO – According to the Colorado Department of Human Services, the Circle Program has reopened in Pueblo.

The program reopened Monday but has now moved into a ‘community-based program,’ instead of operating in the state’s mental health hospital.

The Circle Program provides treatment for adults ages 18 to 65 who are struggling with substance abuse and mental health disorders. Supporters of the program say it is needed now more than ever, as a weapon in the fight against the opioid crisis.

“We have a little bit more of a challenge, which is use of opioids and other substances being used and abused,” said Senator Leroy Garcia, Minority Lead of the Colorado State Senate. “I’m excited by the opportunity to bring this.”

The Circle Program currently costs $2 million a year to run. The program shut down about a year and a half ago over staffing concerns at the hospital.

The 90-day program will have a total of 16 beds available, eight for men and eight for women.