NEW LEXINGTON – The New Directions treatment program has received a funding boost through the Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services Board.
The Board recently announced that New Directions, a program originated under the guidance of Perry County Judge Dean Wilson, will receive an Addiction Treatment Program (ATP) Grant.
Grant funding can be used to provide a wide variety of services to those seeking treatment through drug courts that are certified by the state supreme court and is administered through Perry Behavioral Health.
Thanks to the ATP Grant, New Directions now has $166,900 in funding that can be used for short-term housing, rent and utilities, transportation, childcare and clothing. Funding may also be used for a variety of medical expenses and services.
New Directions also received a separate Justice Reinvestment Incentive Grant (JRIG) in the amount of $235,685. JRIG grant funding helps offset expenses such as counseling, residential housing, electronic monitoring, office supplies and other essential costs. The JRIG grant is a 19-month coverage grant and is administered through the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.
New Directions is operated through the Perry County Municipal Court and is a multi-organizational program that offers treatment, rehabilitation and counseling instead of incarceration to non-violent drug offenders.
Since its certification last year, New Directions has seen a success rate of 76 percent with two graduating classes from the program and a third class expected to graduate in the near future. New Directions is certified to treat up to 65 people; currently there are 42 active participants in the program with nine more pending.
The New Directions Advisory Committee held a treatment team meeting Oct. 17 at the Ludowici Factory of Ideas to discuss the use of the grant funding and came away with a top five list of target goals for its use including: Life skills and parenting classes, job training, education – including GED courses, work certificate programs and tutors, housing and transportation.