Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Luncheon

To All:
Please circulate this information through any e-mail list you may maintain.  We are very excited about this year’s program.  This is always a good opportunity for our community to get together on an important issue, and to enjoy a FREE LUNCH.
This will also be my FINAL LUNCHEON to host as Scott County Prosecutor, so I’d love to have record-breaking attendance!
Prosecutors Office to Host Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Luncheon
In observation of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October), the Scott County Prosecutor’s Office will once again be hosting its annual Awareness Luncheon.  The luncheon, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for FRIDAY, October 7, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at the Mid-America Science Park in Scottsburg.
Featured speaker Caryn Burton, Training Coordinator for the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, will be presenting “Lethality Assessments and the DV Victim”
Intimate Partner violence is the 7th leading cause of death for women in the United States.  Over 2/3rds of those killed were previous victims of Domestic Violence.  Research has shown that the use of a simple, 12 question “Lethality Assessment” could help identify those most at risk, impress upon victims the urgency of their situation, and focus services where they are truly needed.
Topic of the discussion will include:
–        What is Lethality Assessment?
–        Where can it best be used?
–        What factors place a victim most at risk for deadly violence?
–        How can law enforcement and criminal justice benefit from the assessment approach?
–        How can Lethality Assessment be used to demonstrate true danger for a victim?
I encourage our entire community to get together over this important topic, no matter what your background or profession.  Anyone wishing to attend the luncheon is asked to RSPV to the Prosecutors Office at 812-752-8466 or to by October 5, 2015.
The Scott County Prosecutors Office can be reached at (812) 752-8466.  Information about any pending case can be found at
Jason M. Mount
Prosecuting Attorney
6th Judicial Circuit
Scott County, Indiana
1 E. McClain Avenue
Scottsburg, IN  47170
(812) 752-8466
(812) 752-3441 (FAX)



US Attorney, FBI Special Agent in Charge, and Indiana DEA Director visit Austin and Scottsburg High Schools

Thanks to Josh Minkler, US Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, for hosting and sponsoring a viewing of the film “Chasing the Dragon” at both SHS and AHS yesterday. Also, students heard from speakers from our community: Tony Amick, Evan Hutchinson, Chancela Key, and Brent Calloway.

Scott County school adminsitrators realize the importance of substance abuse prevention and education among our students and both School Superintendent’s Robert Anderson and Marc Slaton, along with Principals Ryan Herald and Ric Manns, welcomed the drug prevention programs that the US Attorney’s Office, Indiana DEA, and Indiana FBI brought to their schools.

Also, a special thanks to Tim Horty of the US Attorney’s Office, Jason Mount, the Scott County Prosecuting Attorney, and Lori Croasdell CEASe Coordinator, for coordinating this event with both Scott County School Districts.

“Chasing the Dragon” illustrates the dangers of heroin addiction. It can be viewed for free on the link below:

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It is the hope of CEASe and Scott County EMS to get as many Scott County lay people trained in naloxone administration as possible. Naloxone is an opioid reversal treatment administered after someone has overdosed from either injecting or orally taking prescription opioids or heroin. 

Do you have a friend or family member who uses opioids? Would you like to receive opiate overdose prevention & response training?
If so, please register to attend one of these important FREE Naloxone Training Workshops being offered by Scott County EMS through a grant from CEASe of Scott County:
September 27 @ Scott Memorial Hospital 2:00-3:00pm
December 13 One Stop Shop (Austin) 6:00-7:00pm

To register, call Scott Co. EMS (812) 754-0500, ext. 21 or register online at

Thank you,

Lori Croasdell, Coordinator
CEASe of Scott County

Join The Voices For Recovery



Scott County Celebrates National Recovery Month with a Great Event

September is National Recovery Month. To celebrate, Scott County is hosting a Community Forum September 19, 7-9 pm, in the Austin High School Auditorium with Sam Quinones, the author of Dreamland.

This amazing book gives a 50 year historical account on how our country’s opiate epidemic came to be. SAMHSA’s Chief of Staff, Tom Coderre, will be there as well to debut two Indiana PSAs filmed in Scott County.

An extra special treat is that former singer and guitarist for John Mellencamp, Jimmy Ryser, will be singing Pink Houses, inspired by John’s visit to Austin, Indiana. Don’t miss this special event!

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Dr. Will Cooke Receives “Doc Hollywood” Award


Dr. Will Cooke Receives “Doc Hollywood” Award from the Indiana Rural Health Association

As part of the Indiana Rural Health Association’s Annual Conference awards ceremony, held June 22, 2016 at French Lick Springs Resort, Dr. Will Cooke received the Doc Hollywood Award. Dr. Cooke received four nominations, two from individuals from Scott County and two from outside the county.

Doc Hollywood Day is about recognizing those who care professionally for people in rural and underserved communities across the nation. Access to quality healthcare is a key component in terms of individuals’ physical and mental health; it is also a key component in communities’ economic vitality. Without healthcare, along with schools, industry, water systems and other infrastructure, communities wither and die

The Doc Hollywood award raises visibility and awareness of these unsung heroes and celebrates their contributions, enhances the recruitment of people into these professions and areas to ensure access to quality health care and viable, thriving communities. 

The past year and a half has been difficult for the small rural community of Austin, Indiana, as a result of the HIV outbreak. Dr. Cooke and his staff have been dedicated to true patient-centered care by reducing barriers to and providing high quality primary care to local residents for over 10 years. This ongoing dedication is continually demonstrated by his team’s commitment to increased access to free or reduced cost healthcare services to Austin residents. 

More recent demonstration of his commitment to providing high quality care was his completion of a certification in HIV primary care, which makes him the first HIV primary care physician in the state of Indiana. In addition, he recognizes that health is a result of many factors and looks at addressing social determinants of health through his continued work with state and national partners to expand both inside and outreach health services; these include a clinic pharmacy, case management providing linkages to various social services, including substance abuse and mental health services, and an outreach mobile testing that provides HIV and Hepatitis testing and ensures patients have greater access to basic needs of food, clothing and adequate shelter.  

This past winter his mobile unit staff leveraged donations to provide heaters for patients who were living in homes without gas or electricity. Currently, he is building rural health capacity through a partnership with Marian University School of Medicine who will place medical students in his clinic, Scott Memorial Hospital, and Clark County Health Department’s needle exchange program. 

These examples are evidence of Dr. Cooke and his team’s dedication to rural health by reducing disparities through meeting the needs of Scott County communities and ensuring high quality accessible healthcare and most of all providing hope and a healthy future for impoverished residents living with HIV and continuing their struggle to overcome substance abuse.

Dr. Cooke is pictured above with his Office Manager, Jeanni McCarty, a huge contributor to the Foundations Family Medicine team.

Patti Hall from the Scott County Department of Health


Patti Hall from the Scott County Department of Health recently spoke at the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club dinner/meeting at the Quality Inn in Scottsburg.  Pictured are Kiwanis President David Wilson and Patti Hall.  She advised there are now 195 reported cases of HIV in Scott County.  There is a full-time blood tester at the Scott County Health Department, and there is a one-stop clinic on Route 31 in Austin.
It costs approximately $1 milllion for life-time treatment of a patient with HIV, including the treatment of related diseases.  The needle exchange program, which has been approved for Scott County, helps prevent the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C.  Since the needle exchange program has been implemented the number of reported cases of HIV has slowed down considerably.  Patients are also treated for other diseases and receive vaccinations, and many have enrolled in drug treatment programs.  With medication, a patient can reduce the viral load of HIV and lead a normal life.  A person enrolled in the needle exchange program is issued a card which authorizes the possession of a syringe, and the identity of the person is confidential.
The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club thanked Patti for her informative presentation.