Carlton Co. Dependency Facility May Close

C.A.R.E Liberalis Services and Jobs on the Chopping Block

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Open since 1987, C.A.R.E. Liberalis has been a place where women come to get off drugs and alcohol and learn life skills.

Up to 36 patients can live there for 45 to 90 days to heal.

Staff there tell FOX 21 at the end of January they received an email from the Department of Human Services detailing that their facility would be shut down April 1st, as part of a plan to downsize state run dependency facilities from 174 beds to 70 due to budget constraints.

C.A.R.E. Liberalis is unique in that it is operated only by women, just for female clients to create an environment that helps them move forward.

“It’s the women component,” said Stasha Sickler with C.A.R.E. Liberalis. “Women need places to go to feel safe and to be able to heal in a safe environment. We feel that specialty is being taken away by closing out facility.”

Staff with C.A.R.E Liberalis also say they have been losing clients over the years and that has put them in the red.

They believe their closure could have a negative ripple affect.

Local services the facility consistently uses will take a financial loss once they close.

Twenty-seven jobs could be cut.

The chemical dependency center was set to close this April but their rallying with local representatives has helped to push that date back to July 1st.

They are hoping to get that date changed also.

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