Thursday, October 17, 2002

Grants to help mentally ill, addicts

The Cincinnati Enquirer

The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati has awarded more than $1.3 million in grants to community groups to launch or design "diversion and re-entry" programs for people with severe mental illnesses and addiction problems that lead to criminal charges.

The grants include:

$300,000 over three years to the Central Clinic-Mental Health Access Point to provide diagnosis and treatment plans for inmates with substance use and mental health disorders.

$300,000 over two years to the Hamilton County Community Mental Health Board to establish the Hamilton County Mental Health Court, a pre-trial diversion program for people who are charged with nonviolent misdemeanors and who have serious mental illnesses that are factors in the crimes.

$300,000 over two years to the Hamilton County Community Mental Health Board to create an Assertive Community Treatment team for offenders with severe mental illnesses being released back to Hamilton County.

$295,800 over three years to the Butler County Family and Children First Council to establish a therapy program for juvenile offenders.

$52,900 to the Brown County Community Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services to plan a diversion program.

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