Sobering center one step closer to opening with first executive director

Rhonda Patrick (KXAN Photo)
Rhonda Patrick (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The sobering center serving Austin and Travis County is one step closer to opening its doors after city leaders named the facility’s executive director on Monday.

Rhonda G. Patrick will launch the center next summer.

Patrick has been a professional social worker for 30 years, working specifically in behavioral health and addiction. She’s worked with treatment providers and helped open centers across Texas.

“I’m looking forward to working with our community leaders, business leaders, service providers and our public officials as we work toward integrating the sobering center into the overall continuum of care,” Patrick said.

The sobering center will be an alternative for police officers to take people who would have been booked into jail and charged with public intoxication. The center will also accept admissions from Austin-Travis County EMS.

The center will be located at 1213 Sabine St. For more information visit 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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