Substance Abuse Program in Tacoma Targets Prisoners
The Piercy County Jail is giving some inmates who have substance use disorders the chance to get access to addiction treatment services.
By: Addiction Now
Inmates that are low offenders or low risk and have been displaying good behavior are allowed to participate in the program, which lasts between five to six weeks and includes educational sessions that are led by members of the Pierce County Alliance.
The program was created by the Corrections Bureau of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department and the Pierce County Alliance around the time that Washington State officials declared a public health crisis driven by drug abuse in Pierce County.
Pierce County Alliance is a nonprofit organization that focuses on offering mental health and substance use disorder treatment services.
The Pierce County Alliance has been monitoring the program and gathering data regarding the progress of the participants since the begging of this year.
Since then, about 40 participants were able to effectively complete the substance abuse program, the representatives of the Alliance stated.
As long as they are incarcerated the inmates are able to go in and out of the program and the inmates who are released before completing the program can visit the Pierce County Alliance to continue receiving addiction treatment services.