ALLUMBAUGH HOUSE*

REGION FOUR SUBSTANCE ABUSE + MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS CENTER

400 N. ALLUMBAUGH STREET

BOISE, IDAHO

PROBLEM:

The Boise metropolitan area was one of the largest in the US not to have a substance abuse and detoxification center for the uninsured. A study conducted by Boise State University found that many individuals seeking treatment for substance abuse were unable to obtain assistance because of a lack of insurance.

SOLUTION:

A collaboration of communities, healthcare organizations, government agencies, advocacy groups and concerned individuals, and almost a decade of planning culminated in the detoxification and sobering facility becoming reality. The planners were asked to create a safe, secure, maintainable and modern environment for medically monitored detoxification, short-term mental health crisis service, and a sobering station for those who would otherwise be detained in conventional detention facilities.

DESIGN:

Programmatic need requires segregating the centers: those needing the instance assistance of the sobering station and those needing longer term support for detoxification and mental crisis.

The sobering station accommodates up to 18 people with separate entry and intake area. The accommodations are broken down into small group rooms and an individual sobering room where medical staff can assess and place individuals into more controlled environments.

The detoxification and crisis area is more residential and accommodates 16 clients on a temporary basis. It consists of separate large men’s and women’s sleeping suites as well as individual private rooms, day activity room, kitchen and laundry.

The 9,100 SF facility opened in 2010 at a cost of $2.3 million.

*In-Association with Hummel

Gregory A. Ugrin  AIA NCARB

Design Architect (Hummel 1994 – 2014)