Cook Inlet Tribal Council sells detox facility to Southcentral Foundation

Cook Inlet Tribal Council runs one of only two detox centers in the state of Alaska.

At the Alaska Wellness Summit in Palmer Thursday, CITC CEO Gloria O’Neil announced that the Ernie Turner Center in Anchorage will be sold to Southcentral Foundation.

O’Neil said the move is part of a plan to expand CITC’s addiction treatment services to the Matanuska-Susitna area.

“And SEF will take up providing detox, being a medical provider, and CITC will focus on expanding treatment beds to the community,” O’Neil said. “And we’re able to respond to the complex needs and the changing needs in the community.”

The Ernie Turner Center is the only detox facility in Anchorage and maintains the only drug addiction beds available to Muni and Mat-Su patients.

O’Neill said that CITC will partner with the Knik and Chickaloon tribes on Mat Su drug and alcohol treatment services.

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