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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
December 13, 2016

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: 
Kaila DeRienzo, Public Information Officer
(917) 485-2990
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HRRJ Receives Largest Mental Health Grant in the Commonwealth

It is with great pleasure for us to announce that the Hampton Roads Regional Jail has received the largest grant in the Commonwealth for a jail mental health pilot program, approved by the Criminal Justice Services Board on December 8 in Richmond.

The grant, worth $939,435, is designated for the HRRJ to establish evidence-based behavioral health services inside of the facility.

"In a jail where over half of the inmate population is prescribed mental health medications, this grant will allow us to explore new ways to further treat these people- not just house them and watch them get trapped in a cycle of recidivism," HRRJ Interim Superintendent Bob McCabe said.

HRRJ is one of six facilities across the state to receive grant money to establish these types of services.

The HRRJ, in conjunction with its Community Service Board partners and stakeholders, submitted a concept paper for the pilot mental health program in early September. Included in the concept paper was the goal of providing a transformative, cross-systems approach to identify, track and enhance delivery of services to inmates identified with severe mental illness. It also aimed to decrease recidivism, enhance public safety, and reduce long-term costs. In the itemized budget provided in the final grant, new positions, such as care
coordinators, care counselors, therapists, and a mental health systems manager were identified. Funding to provide training for HRRJ staff to help recognize signs of mental illness was also part of the final grant application. 

Originally, The Governor’s Task Force on Improving Mental Health Services and Crisis Response proposed the idea of offering this grant to local and regional jails in 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact Kaila DeRienzo, Public Information Officer for the Norfolk Sheriff's Office. She can be reached by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by cell phone at (917) 485-2990.

 

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