Five drug addiction programs overseen by four organizations will seek a 17.6% increase in funding for 2022.
The total funding of $ 1.24 million, which is $ 186,515 more than what was approved for this year, received a preliminary recommendation from the Drug Addiction Public Funding Council on Wednesday.
Although each of the five proposed budgets was passed unanimously, the board can only make funding recommendations. The final decisions are entrusted to the elected officials of the municipal and departmental councils. These applications are generally funded 50/50 by the city and county.
City and county councils will begin 2022 budget hearings in the coming months that include these recommendations.
Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress (ASAP) – Hub.
Total demand: $ 521,839 (compared to $ 499,641 this year)
Opened in September 2019, the Doug Otto United Way Building center provides the resources needed to recover from addiction, including referrals to already existing programs. The hub also helps navigate healthcare, insurance systems, resources for connecting to community services, and even the basics of obtaining food, shelter, and transportation.
As soon as possible, retiring executive director Doug Leonard said part of the requested increase would go to a grants writer, who can help make the HUB more self-reliant. Currently, the organization relies on a Columbus Regional Health grants writer who is only available a few hours a week, he told the board. If the funding is approved, Leonard says an experienced, but retired grants writer is the primary candidate for inclusion.
The other unmet need included in the proposed new funding is for a full-time, bilingual Spanish-speaking staff member, Leonard said. In recent years, the center has seen very few members of the local Hispanic population, which is the second largest ethnic group in Bartholomew County, he said.
ASAP – Housing
Total request: $ 51,759
There are now 10 different sober living or salvage homes in the Columbus area. Demand has increased to the level where it will take many homes to fill the void. Current estimates have about 90 recovery beds in Bartholomew County. But with more homes slated to open in the next six to 12 months, Leonard said about 350 to 450 people would be served in those homes each year.
The funds sought will allow ASAP to hire a full-time sober home liaison who will ensure these homes maintain a positive community image, said the retired ASAP director. This person would also act as a navigator to ensure that those looking for a salvage house are able to find one that matches their needs and circumstances, he said.
The liaison would also endeavor to ensure that the 12-step recovery meetings follow best practices, as well as meeting with those in charge of the house to foster familiarity and trust, as well as to raise common issues. in every house.
Leonard spoke about the need to establish a specially designed reintegration home for those who have just been released from prison.
Recovery Makes a Life for Men (REALM)
Total demand: $ 215,878 (compared to $ 205,042 this year)
Inspired by a successful community correctional program for women, REALM’s goal is to provide comprehensive, evidence-based residential treatment that focuses on the substance abuse needs of 30-40 male offenders each year.
Since the start of REALM in early 2010, 53 inmates have participated. Among the men who successfully completed the program, their risk of committing another offense was reduced by almost 48%, according to Bartholomew County Community Corrections Director Rob Gaskill.
The additional money being sought for next year would provide a 4% salary increase for two residential agents who are currently publicly funded ASAP, Gaskill said. The request also includes $ 6,970 to fill a funding gap to pay a case manager who is not covered by grants already acquired.
Adult Drug Recovery Court (DRC)
Total demand: $ 115,292 (compared to $ 103,951 this year)
DRC integrates evidence-based drug treatment, mandatory drug testing, penalties, incentives and bridging services. The goal is to reduce recidivism and drug addiction among those at high risk or high need, Bartholomew Circuit Court Judge Kelly Benjamin told the fundraising board.
When court officials did their initial planning, funding for that year was supposed to be $ 207,000. However, Bartholomew County officials paid $ 80,900 directly to the salary and benefits of a second case manager who will divide her workload between the DRC and the Family Restoration Court, the judge said. With financial assistance from the city and county, the court hopes to expand its capacity from a maximum of 25 participants this year to 35 to 40 participants in 2022, Benjamin said.
The program will also begin to seek new forms of funding, as a grant from the Federal Office for Judicial Assistance will expire at the end of next year.
Part of the increased funding will be used to provide 4% salary increases to key DRC members who are likely to face a heavier workload next year, Benjamin said. It would also provide additional drug testing and incentives to court participants.
Bartholomew Prison Drug Treatment Program.
Total demand: $ 340,291 (up from $ 249,910 this year)
Opened in early 2020, this program provides treatment to non-violent offenders with historical substance abuse and mental illness disorders. Applicants who meet the criteria receive group and individual therapy for up to 16 weeks. After graduation, they receive treatment for an additional 6 to 12 weeks. About a third of the 292 offenders who applied to the program were accepted, said prison addiction treatment coordinator Theresa Patton.
The funding sought is for staffing next year, Bartholomew County Deputy Chief Sheriff Major Chris Lane said. This would involve making Patton a contract employee paid $ 145,000 per year with no benefits. Last year we asked for one full-time recovery counselor, but two part-time counselors who would not be receiving benefits. However, there have been no qualified candidates willing to work part-time, Lane said.
“Even the full-time position took us three to four months to fill it,” Lane said.
Lane therefore proposes that another full-time advisor be hired with benefits instead of two part-time.