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Addiction often goes hand-in-hand with other mental illnesses. Both must be addressed to stop the overdose crisis.

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National INstitute on Drug Abuse on 09/27/2022 by Dr. Nora Volkow

Natalie struggled with a methamphetamine use disorder for more than 9 years.

She was one of the fortunate few to receive treatment to address her addiction, yet that help felt incomplete. Like many people trying to heal from substance use disorders, she eventually began taking meth again.

Eventually, Natalie was diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), one of the most common mental disorders in youth. She started ADHD treatment in addition to treatment for her meth addiction, and it made her long-term recovery a reality.

“The addition of Adderall really changed my life,” she said. “Looking back, it makes sense that I was self-medicating ADHD that was undiagnosed. I found it very discouraging that a lot of people got their lives in order while I struggled to function with everyday tasks. In part, that is what led to my relapse.”

Recovering from drug addiction is notoriously difficult. Setbacks are common. Too often, a critical element is overlooked: co-occurring mental health conditions. Treating mental illnesses like depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD, and others with medications or other therapies is crucial to address the addiction and overdose crisis that now claims over 100,000 lives annually.

Emerging Adult RFI

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Emerging Adult Justice Project on 09/29/2022

The Justice Lab’s Emerging Adult Justice Project (EAJP) and the Annie E. Casey Foundation have released a new RFI to work together with state, county, or municipal government entities, or non-profit community organizations to thoughtfully “test-drive” a first-of-its-kind developmental framework focused on emerging adults (ages 18 – 25) involved in the justice system. Selected jurisdictions will receive support to transform one or more elements of the criminal legal system to be as developmentally appropriate as possible for emerging adults. The EAJP is currently specifically hoping to partner with probation and/or parole agencies that supervise emerging adults. If you’re interested in learning more about the project and application process, visit the EAJP website or email eajp@columbia.edu.

Juvenile Justice Grant Opportunity

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Indiana Office of Court Services on 09/28/2022

The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute will soon be accepting applications for the Title II Formula Grant Program. The program works to fund improvements to the juvenile justice system, as well as help organizations develop delinquency prevention and intervention programs for Indiana’s youth. The application period opens September 30 and closes October 28.

My Healthy Baby Save the Date – October 28 in Valparaiso from 9:30 to 10:30 am Central (Public)

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My Healthy Baby on 09/29/2022

Save the date for an event to learn more about Indiana’s My Healthy Baby initiative, which launches in October for Porter County. This hour-long event will provide an overview of the program.

This event, led by State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box, will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., CST on Friday, October 28 in Valparaiso at Northwest Health Porter (85 E U.S. Hwy 6, Valparaiso, IN 46383).

Learn about the rollout of this program.

To receive notifications of upcoming learning opportunities and information on how to register for this or another in person learning event, sign up to receive My Healthy Baby updates.

More than 400 schools receive grants for safety upgrades

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The Statehouse File on 9/1/2022

The Indiana Secured School Safety Board is giving more than $22.9 million in matching state grants to 425 schools, the largest number ever to apply.
More than 400 schools receive grants for safety upgrades
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Since the board’s creation in 2013, Indiana has invested more than $132.9 million in school safety, with $19 million being distributed in the past two years, according to a press release.

“We continue to prioritize investments in school safety to help students and staff succeed without the worry of violence in Hoosier schools,” said Gov. Eric J. Holcomb. “This funding allows schools to address their specific safety needs through additional personnel and programs designed to prepare for and prevent school violence.”

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security administers the Secured School Fund. Eligible expenses include law enforcement officers in schools, equipment and technology, and firearms training for teachers and staff where permitted. Schools then match those grant funds at 25%, 50% or 100%.

“These grants allow Indiana to make a real and tangible impact on students, staff, and administrators at schools across the state,” said Rusty Goodpaster, director of the Secured School Safety Board. “We’re proud to be able to help make these schools safer while Hoosier kids receive a world-class education.”

2022 IACCAC Fall Training Institute: Nov 15-18. Register now to avoid a late fee

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IACCAC on 09/29/2022

Our friends at IACCAC are presenting a Fall Conference in Indianapolis on November 15: “The Skills to do the Job, The Courage to Make a Difference”. Dr. Brian Lovins and Melonie Lowenkamp will present keynotes.

Though POPAI is not connected to IACCAC we do acknowledge their quality service to the Corrections Community in Indiana for everyone’s benefit.

Learn all about it on their website.