CEASe Grants out nearly $25,000 to address Substance Abuse
Pictured Above: Scott County EMS Director Jacob Carroll, Scottsburg Police Chief Scott Zellers, New Creation Addiction Minister Tim Williams, Sheriff Dan McClain, Bliss House Director Julie Schwerer, CEASe Grant Chair and Prosecuting Attorney Jason Mount, Just Say No Coordinators and School Counselors Kandace Spaulding and Jaclyn Goode, LifeSpring Health Systems Vice President Denise Poukish, Purdue Extension Program Assistant Shelly Pfaffenbach, National Youth Advocate Program Regional Manager Amanda Davidson, and Centerstone Adult/Children/Family Services Manager Leatha Jackson.
As the recognized substance abuse local coordinating coalition (LCC) in Scott County, CEASe is charged with the administration of the community drug fund created by state statute. It is a system by which fines, assessed and collected through the court system from specific drug and alcohol offenses, are released back into the community as awarded grants to support agencies and providers. This allows these recipients to identify and expand services to those individuals being adversely affected by substances in the area of prevention/education, treatment/intervention and justice/law enforcement. CEASe would like to thank Grant Chair Jason Mount for his leadership over the past four years strengthening CEASe’e fiscal responsibility and strengthening grant recipient accountability. This year CEASe distributed almost $25,000 of Drug-Free Community funds in the form of community grants in the following three areas.
Criminal Justice Services/Law Enforcement
Scottsburg Police Department ($4000) to cover 150 hours of overtime to fulfill substance abuse and demand reduction/awareness projects. Funding will allow for more drug investigations to be conducted, increased substance abuse patrols and narcotics enforcement, and extended monitoring in problem areas of the city, in addition to continued proactive patrols and overtime to try and to keep the alcohol related cases lower.
Scott County Sheriff’s Department ($4000) for substance abuse enforcement campaign through increased patrols, surveillance, and intelligence overtime pay.
Bliss House ($3000) to provide funding for Scott County resident females in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction to live in this residential transitional community providing a therapeutic, structured environment for 6-9 months. Residents complete the 12 Step education curriculum, Recovery Dynamics and learn to utilize support in the community to assist them in maintaining their sobriety. Funding will cover 34% of the cost of 2 Scott County residents for the grant year.
Centerstone ($2136) for The Nurturing Program. Seeking Safety is a trauma-informed women-only intervention group. It will meet weekly for ten weeks. It is a present-focused counseling model directly addressing both trauma and substance abuse addiction. There will be two sessions per year, with 15 women in each session. Nurturing Fathers is an all-male trauma, mental health and fathers-in-recovery group. It will meet weekly for ten weeks. The group will focus on Fatherhood and parenting for fathers specifically in recovery.
LifeSpring Health Systems Jail Recovery Program ($615) at Scott County Correctional Center. This project will serve to enhance programming currently taking place in the Scott County Jail. Because of a grant from the Indiana Department of Mental Health and Addictions, LifeSpring currently provides a therapist and a case manager in the Jail two days a week. This will expand to five days a week. These clinicians are working with inmates with substance abuse problems on their recovery and how to continue recovery once they transition out of jail.
National Youth Advocate Program YMCA Positive Coping Skills Program ($1200) to provide funding for clients and IOT Groups to be brought to YMCA by the therapist, case-manager, or Treatment Coordinator to participate in positive growth oriented activities that promote healthy lifestyles.
New Creation Addiction Ministries Treatment Transport ($1875) to cover cost of transporting Scott County residents in need of treatment to Indianapolis and Fort Wayne to the Salvation Army Rehabilitation Centers or other Treatment Centers within Indiana.
Purdue Extension Scott County 4-H Girls Empowerment Program $348.44) for a 6 week curriculum that focuses on ways to help Middle School age girls to be more confident about how they handle different situations and circumstances. Topics discussed include a personality test, bullying, strengths, communicating effectively, healthy body image and drugs and consequences.
Scott County District 2 “Just Say No” Clubs ($1000) for 4th or 5th grade students to help them learn about and support each other in living drug free, to learn and practice ways to resist negative peer pressure, to perform community service, have fun. They will have four community after-school events: bowling event, summer picnic, and swim party.
Scottsburg High School After Prom Committee ($1000) for purchase of items (lanyards, keychains, sunglasses) with drug free prevention messages to go in gift bags to after prom attendees.
Scott County EMS Public Naloxone Education Program ($933.40) for Naloxone administration courses offered to lay people and educational courses will be taught on the proper administration of naloxone (opioid reversal drug).