BARSTOW The Barstow Drug Court has a new outpatient drug treatment provider.


The drug court could begin sending new clients to Barstow Recovery Services, a drug treatment provider, starting next week according to public defender Josh Castro. Castro said the move comes after members of the drug court met with representatives from Morongo Basin Mental Health Services, a company that runs drug treatment facilities such as Panorama Ranch and Barstow Recovery Services in Barstow, on Tuesday at the Barstow courthouse.

Castro said the drug court has been searching for outpatient drug treatment options since Vista Guidance Center's Barstow office closed in June.

The drug court will send clients to Barstow Recovery Services for six months of treatment, according to Castro. The clients will then enter a probation department treatment program called Positive Alternatives for the remaining year of the drug court program.

Barstow Recovery Services will be able to treat 20 patients at a time using government grants, according to Castro. The treatment provider told Castro that they may expand that number in the future. Barstow Recovery Services will charge clients based on their level of income. However, Castro said the openings will not be set aside strictly for drug court clients. Pregnant women who use drugs, intravenous drug users and HIV drug users will be given priority for treatment.

Castro said if there is not an open spot at Barstow Recovery Services for a new client, the client will have the option to remain in jail until a treatment spot opens to enter drug court or serve out their entire sentence and not enter drug court.

Calls to the Morongo Basin Mental Health Services regarding to the meeting were not returned.