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Pilots to strengthen interface of Behavioral Health, Criminal Justice

  • Trudy.Sharp
  • 11/21/2013 10:39:00 AM
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The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) has announced the first round of funding under its new “Community Innovations” initiative. For the current biennium, OhioMHAS is focused on forging collaborative partnerships that create linkages between mental health and addiction services and the criminal justice system.

OhioMHAS will invest $1.5 million in 12 projects serving a total of 24 counties during SFY 2014. A second round of funding will be awarded in SFY 2015 bringing the total amount of funding to $3 million over the biennium.

Funded projects will focus on the goal of increasing public safety and minimizing harm to those with behavioral health needs who come in contact with law enforcement by linking them to community-based treatment resources and recovery supports. 

“Diverting appropriate individuals from jail to community-based mental health treatment has been heralded for its potential benefits to the criminal justice system, the community and the diverted individual,” said OhioMHAS Director Tracy J. Plouck.

To learn more about these projects, visit the Community Innovations page.

Read the press release.

Media Coverage: 

Dec. 2, 2013 - Bucyrus Telegraph Forum:$1.5M awarded to help inmates with mental health, addiction problems 




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