The Four County therapist works with the general population, including mentally ill offenders.
Four County therapists also go to the jail and help market medications, something that has been offered for a few years, Henry said.
“It helps people prepare for life in the community,” Henry said. “It gives coping skills just to prepare them when they get out and also teaches them new ways to deal with life’s pressures.”
Another aspect of this approach is that qualified offenders are trained to serve as peer mentors. The peer mentors will work directly with the offenders with mental health needs to assist them with their day-to-day needs, the press release said.
Additional programs are in the development phase and expected to roll out in 2014.
In the meantime, Henry said she’d be interested assisting in any way possible. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Anything we can do, we’ll do,” Henry said.
Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or email@example.com. Follow her: @PharosAES.