Mind Springs seeks lease extension on facility that will soon close

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- Mind Springs says they need some help before they can move a substance abuse residential program that's being forced out of its current location.

The mental health provider operates a women's substance abuse treatment program on the campus of the Grand Junction Regional Center.
Last year the state legislature voted to close the facility this coming summer, to save millions in operating costs at the aging facility.

But Mind Springs hasn't been able to find a new home. Local house representatives are asking the Colorado Department of Human Services to continue leasing space to Mind Springs until 2020.

"The kind of unit we are is unique because it has some 20 bedrooms and their aren't many places that have 20 bedrooms available," said Sharon Raggio, President/CEO of Mind Springs Health & West Springs Hospital. "We looked at an old hotel on the market but regrettably that hotel had a lot of expense that just made it prohibitive."

Raggio said the measure should pass without any issues. If the extension passes, Mind Springs is confident it will give them time find a new location either an existing place or by building a new one.

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