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Commissioners to consider detox contract

September 21, 2012
By Fritz Busch - Staff Writer , The Journal

NEW ULM - Brown County commissioners will consider the 2013 Brown County Evaluation Center Inc. contract for detoxification services at their Tuesday, Sept. 25 meeting.

The evaluation center board decided to continue services at the same rate ($340 a day) as it has for the past two years. All contract conditions are the same as last year, according to the Request for Board Action (RBA).

The rate is less than the actual cost, the evaluation center continues to use reserves to operate. Last year, $23,000 in reserves were used, according to the RBA.

The factor driving the need to continue to create cost-saving measures is the slowly falling number of facility clients, estimated at 2,800 this year, compared to 3,600 in 2008, according to the RBA.

Detox client numbers show Brown County to be above a year ago with 144 patients through August, compared to 123 through August 2011. Patient numbers from other counties for the same period are lower in 2012, according to the RBA.

There were 116 detox patients served in August 2012 compared to 129 in August 2011. There were 893 total patients served through August 2012 compared to 888 served through August 2011, according to the RBA.

Insurance receipts continue to come in at a high rate, which helps the detox center keep rates lower. Other state detox centers are consulting with the Brown County Evaluation Center to find out how it achieves such high insurance reimbursements, according to the RBA.

Commissioners will also consider:

Submittal of a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Conservation Partners Legacy grant application for Spring Creek Watershed.

Planning Commissioner recommendations from its Sept. 11, 2012 meeting.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the courthouse commissioner's room.

(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at



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