OhioMHAS Announces Community Innovations Initiative

OhioMHAS Announces Community Innovations Initiative The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services announced it will invest $1.5 million next year in projects that help link non-violent offenders with community-based behavioral healthcare services. The investments into the 12 collaborative projects in 24 counties is part of the Department's new Community Innovations Initiative, which kicked-off last week at the University of Findlay. The funding was acquired through savings resulting from the consolidation of state-funded agencies for mental health and addiction services.

"An overwhelming percentage of offenders involved with the criminal justice system have a mental health and/or addiction disorder and are in need of treatment," OhioMHAS Director Tracy Plouck said in a prepared statement. "Providing linkages upon release from jail to intensive community-based treatment and support offers hope toward improving the lives of individual offenders and the welfare and safety of the larger community." She added that diverting offenders from jails and prisons into treatment can prevent recidivism and save local funds. The average cost of addiction treatment in Ohio communities is $1,600 per and the average cost of mental health treatment including two medications is $7,500 per year, according to the agency. Meanwhile $25,269 a year is the state's costs to house an adult in prison. A second round of funding is planned for 2015, the agency said.

 


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