Helena – The Lewis and Clark County Board of County Commissioners today accepted a $600,000 grant award from the U.S. Department of Justice to address opioid and stimulant use disorders in Lewis and Clark County. Called the Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Site-based Program: Local or Tribal Applications, the grant is for $200,000 a year over three years and is the result of an 18-month effort to research best practices from across the country.
In spring 2019, Sheriff Leo Dutton requested that the County apply to be one of 15 counties from across the nation to be part of the U.S. Department of Justice's initiative to address opioid and stimulant use disorders in detention centers. Lewis and Clark County was selected and formed a comprehensive team, including County Commissioner Andy Hunthausen, Detention Center Captain Alan Hughes and Nurse Samantha Hartwig, PureView Behavioral Health Director Ben McGaugh, and Criminal Justice Services Director Kellie McBride. The team received in-depth training on medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and how to implement it.
The grant will cover the cost of medication, case management services, a licensed addiction counselor and other supportive services.
PureView Health and Helena Indian Alliance already have contracts in place with the County to provide Certified Peer Support Specialists who will act as the personal bridge between those community providers and the Detention Center.
Jeni Garcin, Communications and Community Outreach Coordinator, 447-8305, jgarcin(at)lccountymt.gov