FOUNTAIN COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Attorney General Curtis Hill announced Fountain County is set to receive a $50,000 grant towards starting a jail Chemical Addiction Program for its inmates. The grant is from the Indiana Drug Enforcement Association.
The new grant will allow inmates that suffer from substance abuse to get into a long-term treatment program that will begin during their incarceration and throughout the inmates' release.
"Getting arrested has saved lives and I'm not making that up, that's the statement that I've received from particular individuals, who said, 'getting arrested saved my life' because they were able to be involved in this very intensive program," said AG Curtis Hill.
For inmates to enroll in the program they must show signs that they are willing to improve their lifestyle.
"It's not a situation where we present this program to everybody in the jail, that's not the point, the point is somebody's got to want it, somebody's got to apply and somebody's got to be driven to be successful," added Hill.
Fountain County Circuit Court Judge Stephanie Campbell said substance abuse has greatly impacted their community.
"There is not one family in Warren and Fountain County that has not been touched by addiction in some way, if they tell you they haven't, they're kidding themselves," added Campbell.
The Fountain County Sheriff said not only will this help benefit their community, but also their neighbor, Warren County.
"It will help our community, but it's going to help the Warren County's community. We actually work closely with Warren County as well, most of the time when our citizens [Inmates] leave here they'll end up in Warren, so they're actually having the same problems as well," stated Sheriff Terry Holt.
"If it is your parent or your son in jail there is nothing that you wouldn't do to try and help them, and we want to be that first step of help for all of them," added Campbell.
Inmates in the program will be separated from the general population and be given mental and substance abuse classes.