Big News-Scott County Sheriff's Office and Jail Get Another Prestigious Grant Award
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SCOTT COUNTY SHERIFFS' OFFICE and JAIL GET ANOTHER PRESTIGIOUS GRANT AWARD - SCOTT COUNTY IS ONE (1) OF ONLY 5 JAILS IN THE STATE SELECTED
Scott- On 5-18-2022, Scott County Sheriff Jerry Goodin and staff, along with Phil Stucky and Kelly Hans of THRIVE, met with personnel from the Mental Health America of Indiana program to officially accept the invitation to join forces as an "Integrated Reentry and Correctional Support" program agency participant. Known as IRACS, this program is new to Indiana, where inmate client support is started on day one of incarceration for those whose interaction with the criminal justice system stems from addiction or mental health issues. Based upon the services provided by the Scott County Sheriffs' Office to our inmate clients, the Scott County Jail was the first selected of the four (4) other Sheriffs' Offices across the 92 counties of Indiana to participate in this 100% state funded program. As a pilot program participant, Scott County Sheriff Correctional Deputies will receive special training in supporting IRACS personnel and inmate clients' alike, delivering support to each entity on a daily basis. At the end of the pilot program year, data gathered will be reported by Sheriffs Office participants to the State of Indiana, resulting in "fine tuning" of the program if and where needed. Once the pilot programs are declared successful, the State of Indiana has committed to instituting IRACS programs in all 92 counties across the state within the next 3 years, remolding the Indiana methodology of rehabilitation and reentry of inmate clients back into society. Training of IRACS personnel supporting Scott County will begin on June 2nd and the first inmate client is projected to be screened as a possible participant on 7 July. Once the first inmate client is screened, every single inmate client booked thereafter into the Scott County Jail will be evaluated as a potential IRACS support client, resulting in treatment and formal support for our citizens who desperately need our help.
Sheriff Goodin provided the following comments concerning the selection of the Scott County Sheriffs' Office as an IRACS pilot program participant..."I am personally moved by this honor bestowed upon our county...everyday, the Deputies and Staff of the Scott County Sheriffs' Office reach out, down, and up attempting to assist everyone in need, hopefully giving them that help that makes their situation better...this program will undoubtedly assist us in making that a reality. I couldn't be more proud to represent Scott County citizens as their Sheriff...this award, and the other inmate client programs we offer, continues to show how highly the State of Indiana respects how our Scott County jail is operated".
Contact Sheriff Jerry Goodin at Scott County Sheriff's Office (812)752-5550.