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Hamilton County Justice Center rolls out treatment program for men with substance use disorders

Posted at 10:54 AM, Feb 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-06 10:54:05-05

CINCINNATI — A new treatment plan for inmates at the Hamilton County Justice Center focuses on men with substance use disorders.

Inmates at the Hamilton County Justice Center are divided into "pods," which are small groupings where they live inside the jail. Since January, 16 men have been a part of a special recovery pod where they can get treatment for serious drug addictions.

The new recovery pod for men models a version for women that launched in 2016 in conjunction with the Talbert House, a non-profit that provides addiction and mental health treatment.

Since its inception, about 195 women have been through the recovery pod, according to data from the Talbert House.

Sheriff Jim Neil said the county has seen low recidivism rates for the women who have gone through the program, and that the recovery pods are an innovative approach to drug treatment.

A combination of grant funding and Indigent Addiction Treatment funds from the Talbert House is helping fund this second recovery pod for men.