Homeless shelters are generally not equipped to accept people under the influence of alcohol, so they are denied access.
With Measure X funding, along with a County grant, the City contracted with McAlister Institute to operate a Sobering Services Center to help Oceanside homeless individuals with a safe warm place to sober up and receive necessary services. The McAlister Institute has over 20 different programs across the county offering a continuum of care and treatment for alcoholism and drug addiction.
The Oceanside Sobering Services Center is dedicated for use by the Oceanside Police Department. OPD transports individuals who are intoxicated and causing disturbances, who may not be able to be held at the County jail. This new Center is a short-term place where residents can sleep, clean up, receive clean clothing, a warm meal, receive transitional services, counseling referrals, and other resources. The aim is to lead people toward continued services for the treatment of addictions and toward permanent housing.
The new Sobering Services Center also eliminates the time constraints that Police Officers face in otherwise taking an inebriated person to jail or to the hospital, where they may not necessarily be held. Trips like these can take hours out of an Officer's shift. Now that time can be devoted back to crime prevention and public safety services in our community.