Izard County Sheriff’s Office obtains grant for Peer Recovery Support Specialist and team

Focus of the grant is opioid overdoses.

By Kim Break, Editor
Areawide Media

The lives of 17 individuals are currently benefiting from a new grant program obtained by the Izard County Sheriff’s Office. Peer Recovery Support Specialist Josh Ramsey might argue that he should be included in that number.

The overall grant program is a much needed resource for individuals with drug misuse disorder in the 16th Judicial District (Fulton, Cleburne, Izard, Independence and Stone counties). Izard County Sheriff Jack Yancey and Chief Deputy Charlie Melton are excited to receive this grant as it allows them to branch out, while benefiting those who need it most. “The resources are available to help them now. All they have to do is reach out to us,” said Sheriff Yancey.

The Peer Recovery Support Specialist is who has the most contact with troubled individuals. Ramsey is a convicted felon himself with a history of addiction, but turned his life around once he was saved in jail, followed by the completion and graduation of John 3:16 Ministry in Batesville.

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