Indiana trying out mental health program at 5 county jails

Indiana has debuted a pilot program that provides mental health support to five county jails, Indiana news source Local News Digital reported Aug. 15. 

The Integrated Reentry and Correctional Support program uses peer-driven methods to connect those with mental health and substance use disorders to programs that aim to divert them from the justice system toward more appropriate treatment.

The program launched at Indiana's Blackford, Daviess, Dearborn, Delaware and Scott County jails, according to the report.

If the program is successful at those jails, Indiana's Family and Social Services Administration plans to expand it to more local jails within the next three years, the report stated.

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