Howard County Receives Grant to Combat Drug Addiction

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Howard Corrections Receives $50K to Combat Drug Addiction

The Howard County Department of Corrections has been awarded a $49,706 grant by the Governor's Office of Crime, Control and Prevention (GOCCP) to fight heroin and opioid addiction. Howard County received this grant as part of more than $600,000 in grants awarded to Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs and other reentry programs throughout the state.

Howard County will support the following programs with this grant.

● Reentry mediation through the Howard County Mediation and Conflict Resolution Center to help inmates and families prepare for the inmate's return home.

● A "Strengthening Families Program" to provide two sessions for inmates and their children to participate in a structured, evidence-based drug prevention program.

● Howard Community College classes to provide computer skills training and food safety education, including ServSafe training and certification.

● Acupuncture as a support to the addictions and MAT (Vivitrol) participants.

● Training for four additional facilitators within the detention center to present the "Getting Ahead While Getting Out" guidance program to offenders serving time.

"The programs we are funding illustrate the scale of Maryland's commitment to ending the heroin and opioid epidemic," said Christopher Shank, executive director of GOCCP. "No community is immune from it. That's why we are providing these grants to regions in every part of Maryland."

"It is important that we use these funds to expand our efforts to ensure that these individuals do not wind up returning to the corrections system," said Jack Kavanagh, director of Howard County Department of Corrections. "All of these programs have proven effective in reducing recidivism and assisting the families of inmates."