HARRISBURG – State Representative Joe Ciresi, D-146th Dist., Announced that the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency has approved Montgomery County’s request for $ 149,875 in opioid response grant funds government to provide drug-assisted treatment to the prison population to address the opioid crisis.
Grant funds will be used to enhance the current drug-assisted treatment program by continuing to take medication for inmates with a valid prescription; induction of drugs for prisoners without a valid prescription; Cognitive-behavioral therapy for participants in the drug-assisted treatment program; education on the drug-assisted treatment program; follow-up services and links with community providers; and increased collaboration between county agencies, including adult probation / parole, courts and community partners. The funds will be used to finance supplies, operating expenses and consultants.
“This funding will help our prison population suffering from the opioid crisis in the penitentiary system and ensure continued treatment, so that our parolees have a drug-free life lease,” Ciresi said. “True rehabilitation cannot take place if someone is addicted to drugs and a parolee’s ‘fresh start’ will be severely hampered by relapse. This federal funding will provide a lifeline for our prison population both inside and outside the prison system.
In addition, over $ 22.3 million has been awarded to several organizations across the state dedicated to breaking cycles of violence and substance abuse in their communities.