TWIN FALLS — For Magic Valley residents who need substance abuse treatment, there are only a few options.
To help fill that gap, Kimi Recovery Center — a new mental health and substance abuse center —opened Nov. 1 in downtown Twin Falls.
Owners Gerlyn “Sam” Walker and Kelly Smothers, the center’s only employees, both have experience working with a criminal justice population and helping other agencies launch treatment programs.
Walker previously worked in law enforcement — specifically, dealing with narcotics — and said she couldn’t figure out at the time why people couldn’t just stop with their addiction.
The former undersheriff ended up studying addictions and it was an eye-opening experience. Working to overcome an addiction is an entire life change, she said. “It’s a tough road.”
Smothers, a licensed professional counselor, knows what that’s like. She battled an addiction and has been clean for 15 years.
“I have been in their place,” she said.
Kimi Recovery Center’s services include intensive outpatient treatment, mental health counseling and dual diagnoses, drug and alcohol assessments, driving under the influence assessments, an alcohol school with a victim impact panel, relapse prevention, domestic violence classes, anger management, help with parenting and co-dependency, and treatment for Department of Transportation public safety clients.
They’re encouraging anyone who needs help to come in — no appointment needed.
“If someone is in crisis or someone’s in trouble, just walk through our doors,” Smothers said.
The center is currently accepting self-pay patients. It’s in the process of getting set up to receive state funding to help pay for clients’ treatments and will also accept county vouchers.
And they’re working with clients who are court-ordered to complete treatment. Walker said she and Smothers understand what judges are ordering and can work with clients to help them through the process.
Walker and Smothers say their office on Gooding Street North is an ideal location — close to the Twin Falls County Courthouse, Advanced Drug Detection and next-door to the Twin Falls County Public Defender’s Office.
On Friday, Walker was working to set up her office with beach-themed decorations at the center. She’s a certified alcohol and drug counselor, and a substance abuse professional.
For those undergoing intensive outpatient treatment, it typically means coming in three days a week for three hours each time.
As the Kimi Recovery Center gets up and running, Walker and Smothers are also working to put together a live victim impact panel. It means those convicted of a DUI will have to interact with those affected by drunken driving — not just watching victims talk in a video.
The new center is helping to fill a need in the Magic Valley, the owners say. And it’s a way to help others.
Smothers said: “I want to help people gain what I’ve gained.”