Twelve detainees graduate from Exodus.Life addiction recovery program

Sheriff commends graduates' courage, resolve

By Major Gary McClain
Jefferson County Sheriffs Office

Jefferson County, Arkansas - July 8, 2021 - In February the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office began a collaboration with Exodus.Life as a partnering component of the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-Based Program (COAP). This COAP was made possible through two categories of federal funding that was applied for and awarded to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. The COAP aims to reduce opioid abuse and the number of overdose fatalities, reduce recidivism, as well as to mitigate the impacts on crime victims by supporting comprehensive, collaborative initiatives. The grant provides financial support to implement strategies that support treatment and recovery, provide prevention and education programs, increase the use of diversion, and reduce the incidence of overdose death.

On May 10, 2021, the first class of the eight (8) week prevention and education component began at the W.C. "Dub" Brassell Adult Detention Center. Daily classes for detainees were conducted by peer-recovery specialists from Exodus.Life which focused on reuniting and reeducating the detainees to successfully reconnect with their families and communities. The training they received is geared to help to address the barriers that would prohibit a graduate's successful reentry into society such as, but not limited to, employment, transportation, education, and legal obstacles. READ MORE.

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