Montgomery County will receive an Indiana Drug Enforcement Association grant to help start a Jail Chemical Addiction Program. The $43,000 grant comes from seed funding at the Office of Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill.
The Mongtomery County Jail will offer the program in partnership with Valley Oaks Health, that will provide a therapist.
“Law enforcement officers see firsthand the massive damage caused by drug addiction in our community,” Montgomery County Sheriff Ryan Needham said. “Addiction follows people into and out of jail, and if we can use jail time to help offenders truly break the cycle of chemical dependency and destructive habits, then they and the whole community will be better for it.”
Judge Heather Barajas says the JCAP is a significant step for inmates to be involved in a "highly structured, closely-monitored program where they will be segregated from the general jail population".