Monroe County receives MDHHS grant to support reentry efforts
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has awarded Monroe County $450,000 for a two-year Michigan Re-Entry Program (MI-REP) grant. Monroe County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with the Monroe Community Mental Health Authority, will use the grant funding to implement re-entry programs for incarcerated individuals who have opioid use disorders and mental health issues. CBHJ MI-REP team members will work with the county agencies to monitor their progress and evaluate outcomes of the programs. Read The Monroe News article to learn more.
Re-entry, in short, is the transition of offenders from prisons or jails back into the community. Re-entry can be a challenge for many who may be dealing with substance use, mental illness, limited resources, minimal employment skills, and overall lack of support. According to the National Institute of Corrections, there could be more than 9 million individuals cycling in and out of local jails every year. This staggering number draws attention to the increased need for well designed and effective re-entry programs.