FORT MYERS, Fla.- The Bob Janes Triage Center in Ft. Myers may lose $750,000 in state funding, if Governor Rick Scott chops the item out of the budget. Lee officials fear he will do that. It would mean a loss of $250,000 a year for each of three years. That's about 20 % of the center budget.
"It would be a real mistake to cut that out," said center resident Mike Wolferd. Police brought him to the center 2 months ago, when he was homeless and drinking heavily. "We need this place to help people get sober and plan out a future for their lives," he told WINK.
The center has 58 beds for men and women. The average stay is 17 days. The goal is to keep people out of jail, and direct them to a chemical dependency program, if necessary.
Ann Arnall, director of Lee Human Services, said: "It is a pro-active program, it's preventative, it's all the things we are supposed to be. If we lose the state funding, we will have to cut back on beds and/or services to people. It would be unfortunate, because this is a great way to keep people off the streets, out of jail, and heading for a better life."