CLARK COUNTY, Ind. (WDRB) – Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch visited the Clark County Jail on Wednesday to learn more about its successful detention programs.

For the past several years, Sheriff Jamey Noel and his team have implemented mental health accessibility with full-time staff for inmates through a partnership with LifeSpring Health Systems.

Noel said it was not just for the well-being of the inmate in the prison, but mostly to try to reduce the likelihood of an inmate re-offending and coming back.

At the start of the new year, the prison’s psychiatric nurse practitioner, Whitney Lyon, is switching from working at the prison every two weeks to weekly in an effort to better provide medical care to inmates related to mental health.

“It builds a response with people and prepares them to reintegrate into society,” Lyon said.

She said inmates often struggle with deep-seated traumas, so the path to recovery is not linear.

The prison also has a 12-week GED program, so inmates can learn the materials needed to pass the GED test.

“They’re giving them those life skills, they’re giving them the medical care, they’re giving them the behavioral health care that they need so they can look forward to a more productive life when they leave our prison,” Crouch said. “And that gives me hope.”

Crouch said she intends to use the Clark County jail as an example during Indiana budget discussions to hopefully get other jails the resources they need to implement. similar programs.

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