Grants Help People in Jail with Mental Illness, Substance Abuse Disorders

Chinook Observer

Pacific County plans to hire three new employees to support people with mental illness and addiction both while they are in the county jail and after they’re released. The new positions include a full-time mental health and substance use therapist in Pacific County Jail and two community reentry liaisons, one based in North County and one in South County. The positions are funded by two federal grants. The two grants are the Pacific County Second Chance Re-Entry Project, which will provide the county with $250,000 per year for four years; and the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration program, which will provide the county with $250,000 per year for three years.

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