Governor Pence Directs Action on Recommendation from Meeting of Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment, and Prevention

Indianapolis – Governor Mike Pence has directed the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute and the Family and Social Services Administration’s Division of Mental Health & Addiction to identify a county criminal justice entity and implement a therapeutic program for offenders while incarcerated and awaiting adjunction. At the latest meeting of the Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment and Prevention on January 29, 2016, the action item was discussed and accepted for recommendation to the Governor.

“We must not allow Hoosiers battling addiction to fall through the cracks,” said Governor Pence. “The latest recommendation from the Task Force implements an evidence-based substance abuse treatment program that allows for addicted individuals in our criminal justice system to more quickly receive the treatment they need. As the Task Force continues to provide counsel and guidance, my administration will remain vigilant in addressing drug abuse and its heartbreaking repercussions in a comprehensive manner.”

The next meeting for the Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment, and Prevention is March 18, 2016. For additional information about the Task Force, including a list of resources, post-meeting recordings, minutes, presentation materials, and upcoming agendas, visit:

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