City Council takes up plan for sobriety center in Austin

Austin City Council considers sobriety center.

AUSTIN (KXAN)- Austin’s city council will take the next steps Thursday toward creating a sobriety center for the city where police would take people picked up for public intoxication.

City leaders plan to create a working group made up of members from Austin and Travis County. They’ll work on figuring out a location, governance structure and funding plan for the sobering center. City Manager Marc Ott will then work out how it will fit into the 2016 budget.

This is the result of a year’s worth of study and planning by a committee made up of the police chief’s staff, a local judge, city and county staff and members of the recovery community. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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