The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday approved plans for a residential drug and alcohol treatment center in a commercial and industrial district west of downtown.
The Referral Center, a private, nonprofit program geared to help addicts, wants to build a 27,000-square-foot, two-story center at 1401 NW 1.
Plans call for 44 beds, with some private rooms and others with space for up to four people. The building is to have a common dining area. The center would provide medical detoxification for drugs and alcohol, and inpatient and outpatient services.
Patient stays would range from seven to 10 days for detox and from four to six weeks for transitional inpatient treatment and outpatient care. Patients, while supervised around the clock, would only be admitted with their own consent. A staff of about 25, including a doctor, nurses, therapists and counselors, would oversee the center.
The Referral Center's plans call for parking on a second, nearby lot, with the option of building two residences of no more than four bedrooms each at a later date.
Council Member Ed Shadid, a medical doctor, said The Referral Center, which was incorporated in 1981 and has a treatment center at 1215 NW 25 St., has a long track record and, in terms of medical treatment, “is the best Oklahoma City has to offer.”
Bill McMichael, who owns property in the area where the new treatment center will be built, told council members he collected 59 signatures from neighbors who objected to granting the permit requested by The Referral Center for its building.
Other social service agencies already in the neighborhood are destroying the area's residential and commercial atmosphere, he said.
“The nonprofits are taking over the government,” McMichael said.