Boone County gets $600K grant to fight opioid epidemic

BOONE COUNTY (WREX) — A federal grant has been awarded to Boone County to help address the high rates of opioid use and overdoses as well as the lack of treatment services for incarcerated people.

In total, Boone County will receive $599,679 through the U.S. Department of Justice and Bureau of Justice Assistance.

The funds will support the efforts of the Boone County Behavior Health Task Force.

The funding will allow the county to implement an intervention program that will work with other services provided at the jail. Additionally, the grant will fund comprehensive case management services both to jail inmates and to residents in the community.

The county will employ what they’re calling recovery navigators to work with jail detainees from the time they are arrested through their release. They’ll help get them access to local treatment services. They’ll also work with opioid abusers that come in to contact with first responders, either through an overdose or through an encounter with law enforcement, to provide them case management and link them to the help they need.

The task force will now get to hire a full-time program director and a peer navigator who will be responsible for the day to day management of the goals, objectives and activities of the program.

Audrey Moon

Audrey Moon

Asst. News Director

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