ICC: FSSA launches pilot mental health program in jails.


The Division of Mental Health and Addiction, part of the Family and Social Services Administration, on Thursday announced a pilot program to address mental health and substance use disorders for Hoosiers incarcerated while awaiting trial.

The program, called the Integrated Reentry and Correctional Support program (IRACS), will operate in five Indiana county jails and aims to redirect Hoosiers from the criminal justice system into treatment using peers and support services in a Sequential Intercept Model.

“The first three steps an individual takes upon exiting the justice system are often the most important steps they will take in their recovery journey,” said Douglas Huntsinger, executive director for drug prevention, treatment and enforcement for the state of Indiana, in a release. “Regardless of how an individual ended up in the justice system, how they move forward matters. By providing access to peers and wraparound services while individuals are incarcerated, we intend to reduce recidivism and future involvement in the justice system.”

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