Grant funds programs for inmates
9/27/2013, 6 a.m.
DeKalb has won a $200,000 Department of Justice grant to support programs aimed at reducing the number of repeat offenses caused by mental health issues.
Interim CEO Lee May and Sheriff Thomas Brown announced the grant on Sept. 24 in separate statements.
Brown said the money will be used to assist inmates who participate in the Sheriff’s Office’s Started Treatment and Recovery Today Program – S.TA.R.T. – to help them upon release with jobs, drug treatment, housing, and mental health concerns.
The grant application was successful because the DeKalb Community Service Board has a long history of working with the Sheriff’s Office on programs that focus on treatment and behavioral management, May said.
The DeKalb Human Services Team will monitor the accountability and efficiency of programs funded by the grant.