From the Harford County Sheriff’s Office:
Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler recently recognized the first six inmates to successfully complete a new 10-week Substance & Behavioral Health Unit at the Harford County Detention Center.
Recognizing the volume of people being processed into the detention center who struggle with substance abuse and the heroin epidemic currently paralyzing our communities, Sheriff Gahler conducted extensive research and toured several successful detention center based recovery programs to establish the first unit of its kind to address addiction at the HCDC. Prior to the existence of the new unit, the Detention Center had multiple programs to assist with re-entry, including AA and NA meetings, but no formal group where inmates struggling to maintain sobriety could be housed together in an environment conducive to recovery. The objective of the program is to reduce the rate of recidivism in the inmate population, reduce the amount of drug related crime in our communities, and reduce the number of drug overdoses and drug related deaths in Harford County’s neighborhoods.
Sheriff Gahler remarked, “we need to do all we can to ensure people struggling with addiction are given the tools they need to be successful in recovery. For some, incarceration is forced sobriety, giving the addict a window into sober living. During this critical time, we will provide support and services to help them maintain sobriety when they re-enter the community.” Sheriff Gahler continued, “I am extremely proud of the individuals who have chosen to be a part of this new program and of my deputies who helped make the vision of this unit a reality. Together we will save lives.”
The program is managed by a licensed clinician from Correct Care Solutions (CCS), an agency specializing in providing medical and behavioral health care to individuals in detention and correctional facilities. Participating inmates have been evaluated by Classification and Mental Health staff during intake and demonstrate motivation to enter recovery. They understand that participation in the program will not be part of a sentence, nor will it shorten the length of their stay. Each inmate must be sentenced to the facility and be eligible for housing in a minimum to medium security setting.
This 10-week program includes daily group meetings based on the 12-steps used in many recovery programs. They are seen by the coordinator weekly or as needed for supportive care.
Community resources such as Mens33 and SMART Recovery are integrated into the weekly schedule. The Turning Point Project brings members of AA to the unit every night to introduce the program participants to a daily 12-step meeting.
There are expectations with which inmates must comply in order to remain in the unit.
These include medication compliance, demonstrating respectful behavior toward staff, appropriate participation in group and readiness to present assignments when they are due. They must attend and participate appropriately when visiting speakers come to the unit.
At the graduation ceremony, each inmate was presented a certificate of completion from Sheriff Gahler. Warden Michael Capasso spoke to the group saying, “though it is a shame a substance abuse unit is necessary, we are all fortunate to have such a resource made available to you, God Bless you for taking advantage of this opportunity to help yourself fight the demon you are battling.”
Family member says
Thank you Sheriff Gahler for continuing to fight the heroin epiodimic on all fronts! #hopeforharford
Miss Gulch says
I applaud the Sheriff for all he and his staff is doing to assist inmates at the detention center. But what I’d like to know is what is the Core Service Agency doing with the millions of dollars they have received to administer mental health and addiction services in this county? From the beginning a complete duplication of services and waste of tax payer money on needless infeastructure and perhaps some mismanagement.
Yelling at Clouds says
“… what is the Core Service Agency doing with the millions of dollars they have received to administer mental health and addiction services in this county?”
Try Google -> http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4957 [page 54]
“The Core Service Agency of Harford County (CSA) is responsible for the development, planning and management of the local mental health system in Harford County. Its purpose is to ensure culturally competent, efficient, coordinated and effective mental health services to the Harford County community. Services include information and referral, advocacy, emergency assistance for prescriptions, housing (eviction prevention) and laboratory assistance, child and adolescent respite referral, adult residential referral, and complaint resolution.”
Administering service (in this case) is a function of the detention center. Overseeing the service, contract, and managing the finances is a function of the CSA. Different functions and prevents a conflict of interest and/or impropriety. Or in economic terms, specialization of services.
I’d direct link to the CSA Inmate Substance Rehabilitation Proposal, but it is down while the CSA website is being upgraded.
Thanks for nothing Gulliver. The Harford co detection ctr is a fuckng joke run by a bunch of under trained over payed punks. Half of the people working there should be on the other side of the bars. What’s really scary is that many will go on to be police officers in our community. That’s when they will get a chance to show off what they learned and be who they really are…..”terrorist!” and another legal gang with guns. That’s why all my hero’s kill cops!