By Pomery Daily Sentinel Staff
The Gallia, Jackson, and Meigs Sheriff’s Offices in collaboration with Hopewell Health Centers have recently applied for and have been selected to participate in the National Mental Health-Law Enforcement Learning Site Program through the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and The Council of State Governments Justice Center.
The program serves as a way to teach other jurisdictions around the United States how law enforcement and behavioral health services can collaborate to serve those with mental illness within the criminal justice system. Representatives from these agencies will be traveling to or hosting other jurisdictions around the country to teach them how law enforcement and behavioral health services form effective partnerships.
The Gallia-Jackson-Meigs Mental Health-Law Enforcement Collaboration began in 2011 with Crisis Intervention Training for Law Enforcement (CIT) and has since continued to expand and develop into a mobile crisis intervention, case management, and a tailored mental health and addiction treatment program servicing five adult correctional facilities within the three counties of Southeast Ohio. The mission of the program is to advance mental health and law enforcement collaboration through a comprehensive model that addresses the behavioral healthcare needs of the local criminal justice population, while being responsive to the service gaps in rural Southeast Ohio. Additionally, the program addresses post-release aftercare treatment to assist in reducing recidivism in the community by providing clients with the best possible resources available to achieve recovery.