Mahoning, Columbiana get state grants to provide mental health treatment to inmates


YOUNGSTOWN

Mahoning County has been awarded a $150,000-a-year, two-year state grant to help county jail inmates and Community Corrections Association halfway house clients with mental-illness and substance-abuse conditions re-enter the community.

Tracy Plouck, director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, was in Youngstown on Thursday to announce the award of Criminal Justice-Behavioral Health Linkages grants to Mahoning and 37 other Ohio counties.

The grants total $3 million statewide.

Columbiana County is receiving $110,055 annually for two years. Trumbull County did not receive a grant in the allocations announced Thursday.

“Too many Ohioans with serious mental illness and substance-use disorders are lingering in our jails — not getting the help they need,” Plouck said.

“What we want to do is continue progress that we’ve made in the last two years by investing in partnerships between mental health and addiction-

services boards locally and their partnering county jail and sheriff’s office,” Plouck told The Vindicator editorial board.

The goal is to “bring more treatment into the jail and reduce recidivism (repeat offenses) because people are connected with treatment services,” Plouck said.

Read more about the effort in Friday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.

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