Oregon State Police

The Oregon Legislature approved a half million-dollar grant for a new center in Grants Pass where people can sober up. It will be the fourth “sobering house” in Oregon.

Bill Landis, the Department of Public Safety director for the city, said on Think Out Loud Tuesday that Oregon doesn’t have a public intoxication law.

“The goal is to basically decriminalize people who are highly intoxicated and not have to tie law enforcement to waiting until they trespass or become disorderly,” he said.

People could be held in the center for up to 24 hours. Landis said there will be outpatient counseling sessions and exit interviews.

He said it will give people opportunities to seek more help and will be open to everyone in Josephine County.

Landis said he hopes the facility will be up and running by January 2016.