TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)- The Tippecanoe County Jail has a new Treatment program for Inmates. The goal of it is to keep inmates from re-offending.
"You've probably heard it when you’re out and about I hear it everywhere we need more programs in our jail," said Tippecanoe County Sheriff Bob Goldsmith.
The New Jail Treatment Service program in Tippecanoe County has been in the works for 10 years.
"There's very little corrective behavior happening in a correctional facility it really is a warehouse and that's something that we are hoping to work towards fixing," said Lisa Scroggins the owner of Quality 360 Healthcare Alliance.
The Indiana Sheriff’s Association recently received funding to increase access to programming and treatment for those with substance use disorders while incarcerated. The Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office is collaborating with Quality 360 Healthcare Alliance, a not-for-profit foundation of Quality Correctional Care. The funds are being used to provide treatment for those with substance use disorders while they are behind bars. However, inmates who want to take part in the program have to go through screening before they can.
"This isn't something that we are just coming to somebody and saying hey to do you want to do this,” said Dr. Michael Person the Chief Medical Officer for the program. “This is something they need to be self-motivated to do."
The new program will provide individual and group counseling, life skills training, and individual case management. Inmates can also receive medication-assisted treatment if deemed appropriate after an assessment.
“Once those assessments are done and we get them into classes then we start to look at whether a true medication indicated,” added Dr. Person.
The program will also provide support for inmates once they are no longer incarcerated by providing them further treatment. They will do so by being proactive and having appointments scheduled prior to release. This will reduce wait times and assure there are no gaps in filling medications prescribed while in the jail setting.
"If you don't change your playground your playmates and your playthings you're not ever going to break this cycle," added Scroggins
A change that will help inmates who have made mistakes change their life.
"If we can help the 24 that are back there sitting in a room and try to make them better human beings and more productive members of society then maybe we will see our jail numbers go down," added Sheriff Goldsmith.
The program is being funded through grants so there is no cost to the taxpayers of Tippecanoe County. So far, the jail has 24 inmates taking part in the program.