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JCAP

Nowhere is Indiana’s substance abuse crisis more visible than within the walls of its jails and prisons. A large percentage of Indiana offenders have histories of substance abuse.

Targeting inmate populations therefore represents one of the best methods of reaching drug users most in need of services. This reality is the premise of the Jail Chemical Addiction Program, also known by the acronym “JCAP.”

The JCAP approach is helping addicted offenders leave jail on paths to recovery.

Boone County, just northwest of Indianapolis, and Dearborn County, in southeastern Indiana near Cincinnati, have pioneered this model. JCAP participants are separated from others in the jail population and expected to spend at least 90 days in cognitive behavioral therapy. Master’s-level social workers conduct group and individual counseling. A key to long-term success is to create solid plans for continued treatment once participants complete their sentences.

After studying this successful model, the Office of Attorney General in 2017 began holding meetings in every region of Indiana promoting this concept and encouraging other counties either to operate their own quality programs or collaborate in regional JCAPs.

In Dearborn County, the JCAP program is credited with helping slash the number of repeat drug abuse offenders by more than half. Approximately 43 percent of general-population inmates in Dearborn County wind up being arrested again upon release. By contrast, only 18 percent of JCAP graduates are picked up for new offenses upon release, according to Dearborn County’s data.

From a financial standpoint, the JCAP program makes sense. The Dearborn County program costs $14 per day per participant. Similar therapy in the private sector would cost tens of thousands of dollars per person.

The best correctional models are those that not only penalize offenders for their crimes but that also help improve their character by addressing social, emotional, spiritual, educational, and familial issues through targeted services. JCAP is one model that puts this truth into practice. To learn more about JCAP, contact Outreach Coordinator Matt Row at matthew.row@atg.in.gov or 317-234-7100.

 

MOC

 

 

In May of 2017, the Office of the Indiana Attorney General launched its Mobile Operations Center (MOC) to advance constituent services and public outreach on a statewide basis.

By October of that year, staff traveling with the MOC had made stops in all 92 Indiana counties and assisted more than 7,000 Hoosiers. You might see the MOC parked at a local public library in your area or visiting a festival or other special event.

Staff traveling with the MOC helped citizens find more than $500,000 in unclaimed property. They also helped people freeze their credit, file consumer complaints and take advantage of other constituent services offered through the Office of Attorney General.

Watch the Indiana Attorney General’s Twitter page to follow the week-to-week schedule of where the MOC is headed next.

 

Bitterpill

Prescription drug abuse is a growing epidemic affecting all manner of people, from stressed out students cramming for exams, to ambitious professionals and athletes, to recovering soldiers returning from battle. And despite the death toll and the recurring headlines of surging overdose deaths, the rates of prescription drug abuse and addiction continue to steadily grow.  The abuse of painkillers has cost the United States almost $53.4 billion in terms of lost productivity, medical costs and legal fees.

People who abuse prescription painkillers have a greater risk of addiction than people who take them as prescribed – but it’s important to remember that the medication itself is addictive. Even someone who takes opioids (narcotics) as prescribed by a doctor can develop a physical dependence on the drug, especially if prescribed for several weeks or more.  Heroin has the same chemical make-up as a prescribed opioid and 80% of heroin users indicated they started out taking a prescription opioid.

Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US, with 52,404 lethal drug overdoses in 2015. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with 20,101 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, and 12,990 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2015. 

This is a growing problem all over the country, including Indiana.  For more information, please see our BitterPIll website here.   

 

TenPoint

Extensive conversations in 2017 between Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill and Pastor Charles Harrison of the Indy TenPoint Coalition (ITPC) led to a partnership via which the Office of the Indiana Attorney General now provides logistical and financial support to neighborhood organizations that commit to rigorously following TenPoint principles.

The ITPC is a faith-based 501 (c)(3) organization whose primary mission is to reduce urban youth gun violence by addressing root causes such as lack of education and/or employment. The ITPC makes a genuine difference in the lives of young people, families and neighborhoods with a “boots-on-the-ground” strategy. The ITPC aims to bring together churches, community leaders, law enforcement and the court system in support of the ITPC mission.

A significant part of the ITPC approach is to recruit caring residents to participate in regularly scheduled walks through troubled neighborhoods and to directly engage with individuals who might be involved with crime, drugs and violence – including the previously incarcerated -- and/or those at risk of making poor choices leading to such consequences. Those participating in these walks, which occur several times a week, include individuals who themselves have turned their lives around following involvement in crime, drugs, violence and incarceration.

In the summer of 2017, Attorney General Hill designated $500,000 to be awarded to the Indiana Drug Enforcement Association to be used as seed money in the form of $50,000 grants given to community groups committed to adopting the TenPoint model in their own neighborhoods. Anyone interested in applying for grant support may contact Jeremy Brilliant at the Attorney General’s Office at Jeremy.Brilliant@atg.in.gov.

 

Public Safety Coalition

The Attorney General’s Public Safety Coalition (PSC) is an organization aimed at elevating the role of law enforcement professionals, healthcare workers, citizen groups and others in the crafting of public policy in Indiana. Much of the work of the PSC is geared toward developing long-term solutions to the drug and crime problems plaguing our state.

The PSC holds regular meetings to facilitate collaboration and discussion between staff members from the Office of the Attorney General and other Hoosiers representing all regions of the state.

Police, prosecutors, healthcare workers and others are widely respected for their particular insights and skill sets. The purpose of the PSC is to ensure that the voices of these professionals receive sufficient attention and weight in the crafting of public policy. To this end, the PSC regularly invites members of the Indiana General Assembly to its meetings.

If you are interested in more information about the PSC, please contact Outreach Coordinator Matt Row at matthew.row@atg.in.gov or 317-234-7100.