Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $1,199,985)
The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office is applying under Category 1: Locally Driven Responses to the Opioid Epidemic and Subcategory 1a - A service area with a population over 500,000. This application supports a jail-based program in Mecklenburg County, which is North Carolina’s largest county by population size at 1,074,475 people.
The proposed initiative will allow the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office to expand evidence-based substance use treatment and peer recovery support services to individuals in custody and address critical reentry needs. The proposed project addresses COSSAP’s allowable use of implementing evidence-based treatment as well as recovery support services.
Deliverables include providing evidence-based treatment to 360 detention residents over the life of the grant, providing rental assistance for 45 detention residents to ensure a safe and drug-free recovery housing environment, providing TRAC phones for 210 indigent detention residents transitioning from the detention facility to the community over the life of the grant to support access to recovery support services, and providing virtual peer recovery support services to up to 435 individuals as they transition from the detention facility to the community.
The proposed initiative addresses the OJP priority consideration of building trust with the community.