The $145,000 grant will provide training and resources to county jails to enhance local medication-assisted treatment programs
Local officials plan to implement a number of measures aimed at reducing the jail population
Some of the skills and assistance offered by this program are job preparation, comprehensive case management and identifying barriers to employment
The grant will help hire a new director, expand the humanities classes offered and allow UMA to purchase new technology for the program.
The money is the latest installment from the MacArthur Foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge that has now given the county a total of $3.6 million since 2016
The grant is aimed at reducing by 15% the number of people in city jails by the end of 2022
The money will be used to expand medically-assisted treatment to inmates at the Ottawa County jail
The grant will fund a career program in the Mobile Metro County Jail providing education and training for inmates
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