Yavapai County News – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced in July that the Arizona Attorney General’s Office (AGO) awarded a $4,500,000 grant to Yavapai, Mohave and Coconino counties to help eliminate people’s opioid addiction. in the criminal justice system.
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office received $1,000,000 from this grant yesterday and will use the funding to support the Reach Out program. This program helps people in prison with opioid substance use disorders. The funds will also go towards renovating the detention center to create the Inmate Programs Unit, which will offer programs such as 12-Step Achievement and GED to help people with opioid addiction disorders recover. re-establish and successfully transition into the community. YCSO expects the grant to help approximately 1,725 people over the grant cycle.
“On behalf of the citizens of Yavapai County, I want to thank Attorney General Brnovich for this grant to expand our Reach Out Jail Diversion and Reentry program,” said Yavapai County Sheriff David Rhodes. “I have been a long-time supporter of integrating behavioral health and substance abuse help into the criminal justice system, and I know this grant will serve that purpose well.”
Nearly 9,000 people are expected to be treated through AGO grants. The funds come from the February 2021 AGO Consumer Fraud Settlement with McKinsey & Company, which resolved investigations into the company’s role in contributing to the opioid crisis.