Franklin County Sheriff working toward creating non-profit rehab facility

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Franklin County Sheriff A.J. Smith is on a mission to make sure every person in Northwest Florida is a productive member of society. To make his dream possible, he's made the first step to open up a non-profit drug rehabilitation center.

Sheriff Smith said the county commission approved his idea to refurbish an old correctional center, housing about 500 people.

Now the county's bringing in engineers to see how much this would cost because the facility has sat idle for about eight years. The rehab facility would be for those who are not incarcerated but simply want help.

"The idea is, a lot of the people that need rehab in our communities like, you know, Gulf County, Liberty County, Wakulla County, Franklin County, they don't have insurance to pay for it, that are not able to pay, you know, $10,000 a month, so it'll be a free rehab center so that anybody that walks in the door will have a place to go immediately," said Sheriff Smith.

There is no set timeline on the rehab facility yet but Sheriff Smith is working to get donations. If you're interested in contributing you can call him at (850) 251-9021.

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