DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May announces DeKalb County’s successful efforts in competing for a U.S. Department of Justice grant that will provide funds to enhance community-based programs that target recidivism exacerbated by mental health issues. The Federal Office of Justice Programs and the Bureau of Justice Assistance initiated the solicitation for grant proposals to state and local applicants in keeping with its mission to increase public safety through innovative cross-system collaborations.
The primary purpose of the ONE DeKalb-START2 grant is to increase access to mental health and other treatment services for those individuals with mental illness or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders who are incarcerated in the DeKalb County jail.
The DeKalb Community Service Board has a long history of working in conjunction with the DeKalb Sheriff’s Office, in the management of programs such as the Second Chance Act Co-Occurring Disorders Program (SCACOD) that focuses on treatment and behavioral management. Demonstrated effectiveness of such partnerships proved the county viable as a competitor. The DeKalb Human Services Team will act as the fiscal agent to ensure accountability and measure efficacy of the programs funded by this grant.
-From DeKalb County