Local News Digital: Indiana debuts pilot program integrating mental health pros into jails


INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s (FSSA) Division of Mental Health and Addiction has announced the launch of a pilot program designed to engage incarcerated individuals with mental health or substance use disorders with certified peer professionals and wraparound services.

The Integrated Reentry and Correctional Support program (IRACS) provides peer-driven, Sequential Intercept Model support for inmates with mental health and substance use disorders at one of the five Indiana county jail pilot sites.

The IRACS program is being launched at Blackford, Daviess, Dearborn, Delaware, and Scott County jails. Each of the five pilot sites has received a grant of up to $500,000 to build their teams and the infrastructure necessary to support a full-spectrum reentry process that collaborates with community partners outside the jail to ensure continuity in care upon release.

At the program’s conclusion, data gathered will be reported to FSSA for evaluation. If proven successful, the State of Indiana is committed to expanding the IRACS program to more Indiana county jails within the next three years.

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