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Placer To Use $990,000 Grant To Address Mental Health And Substance Abuse In Young Adults

The California Board of State and Community Corrections announced it will grant $990,000 to Placer County to fund rehabilitative programs for young adults aged 18-32.

In total, $103 million in estimated state savings from the enactment of Proposition 47 was awarded to 23 applicants. Proposition 47 passed in 2014 and allowed some low-level, nonviolent felonies to be reduced to misdemeanors.

Placer County will use these funds to deliver services addressing mental health and substance abuse issues in young adults a population at high risk of reoffending. Half of arrests in Placer County in 2015 were of adults aged 18-32.

The county will work with partner agencies to develop wraparound services modeled on similar efforts in the juvenile system. In addition to mental health and substance abuse treatment, these services might include housing assistance, vocational or educational training, peer mentoring or other activities tailored to the needs of individual clients, while probation will track compliance and enforce accountability.

The county’s probation and health and human services departments jointly applied for the grant.

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