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Indiana to receive $10.9 million in funding to fight opioid epidemic

Full Article on 04/20/2017 by Andrea Alvarez

Indiana drug treatment centers will finally get the help they need. State officials just announced that Indiana will receive $10.9 million in federal grant funding to help fight the opioid epidemic.

That grant was awarded to the state by the Department of Health and Human Services and was announced by Senator Joe Donnelly’s office who says this emergency funding is needed and the problem needed to be addressed now.

Local health officials like those with the LaPorte County Drug Free partnership will tell you the same thing.

“This announcement of this grant is critical for a number of reasons.  The need for public-private partnerships is essential as collaborative efforts to bring this crisis under control, once and for all,” said Jim Musial with the LaPorte County Drug Free Partnership.

Musial is calling this grant a God-send since the issue has grown and that money has been crucial to fighting the opioid epidemic for years now.

Monroe County Jail adds new substance abuse unit for addiction recovery

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Fox 59 on April 12, 2017 by Deanna Allbrittin

MONROE COUNTY, Ind. – The Monroe County Jail is hoping to stop inmates from returning by implementing a mental health and addiction recovery unit.

The hope is that putting people who want to get better together will help them block out bad influences.

Tanner Langley, who’s struggled with addiction for years, is optimistic about beating it this time.

“It’s kind of like a team effort here, so I’m hoping maybe it’s going to be a positive thing, more so than being upstairs or something with people who don’t want to change,” he said.

Langley and three others are the first to participate in the new program, which puts recovering inmates in a place away from other inmates. Jail Commander Sam Crowe came up with the idea.

“If we can have a community that is structured around recovery, rehabilitation, I think it’s going to be more successful for the participants,” Crowe said.

Inmates are scheduled to get counseling nearly every hour of the day.

“It’s going to keep it constantly in my mind and working towards that goal it’s going to keep it fresh,” said inmate Justin Kennedy.

The process makes vivitrol, a drug that stops a person from feeling the high of an opioid, available to inmates. After 90 days in jail together, inmates participating in the program will spend another 90 days at Centerstone, a recovery support center.

“Hopefully we’ll have a seamless transition between the jail and the community,” Crowe said.

The hope is that the participants will continue to support each other in sobriety after they leave Centerstone.

“Our last class we kind of talked about holding each other accountable,” Kennedy said.

He said he’s committed to sticking with it. After all, the participants all have loved ones who want them home for good.

“I’ve gotta be very serious about it, not take it for granted,” Kennedy said. “If I’m goofing off and not taking it serious, then I’m wasting maybe someone else’s chance at recovery.”

The program is still in its early stages. If it’s successful with the initial group, Crowe plans to expand it to more inmates.


15th Annual Indiana Juvenile Detention Association Summit

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15th Annual Indiana Juvenile Detention Association Summit is May 9-19, 2017.


  • Detention Administrators, Educators, Workers and Line Staff
  • Juvenile Justice Professionals
  • Juvenile Judges and Magistrates
  • Juvenile Probation
  • Attorneys
  • Education Professionals
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • CASAs/GALs

Sample Breakout Sessions

  • Dealing with Difficult Staff
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Staff Burnout
  • PREA Tools and Resources
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Human Trafficking: Victim Identification
  • Real Colors: Personalities & Communication
  • Roundtable Discussions

More information and registration: 2017 IJDA Summit Registration Brochure – AD (3)

Which of Indiana’s 92 County Courthouses is Your Favorite?

Full Article on 02/14/2017 by Chris Flook

For those of us who travel the state frequently, it’s no secret the our county courthouses and their adjacent squares exhibit some of the best architecture in the Midwest. Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, the county seats in all 92 counties constructed some of the most magnificent monuments to the local rule of law. Of the 92 counties, over 80 have retained their historic courthouses, the rest having been lost to natural disasters, or neglect.

Recognizing their symbolic and cultural importance, some communities have retained their original historic structures (such as St. Joseph County) and built new buildings to accommodate their needs. Other communities (like Perry County) built new courthouses as the moved county seats; first from Rome, then to Cannelton, and finally to Tell City. There is a courthouse in each of these communities, but only one serves as the official seat of government.

In 2008, Governor Mitch Daniels signed Senate Bill 176, which created the Indiana Courthouse Preservation Advisory Committee. In 2011, they published this report.

In the report, the committee found that the county courthouses serve as part of Indiana’s symbolic identity, that the courthouses can serve as a component of state tourism, and that the squares can be part of local community development.

In 2013, I received a grant from Ball State University to photograph all 92 Indiana’s historic county courthouses and their adjacent squares. I’ve included a photo of each courthouse below, but if you are interested in seeing the full set with more information, visit:

Remembering April 28, 1997: Donald R. “Charley” Knepple

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charley KneppleProbation Officer Donald Knepple was shot and killed after being ambushed by a man at a counseling center on South Calhoun Street in Fort Wayne.

The suspect, a former juvenile corrections officer who had been convicted of attempted child molestation, had arranged a meeting with his counselor and Probation Officer Knepple with the intent of murdering them both. As the meeting took place at about 10:00 am, the suspect fatally shot both of them in the head before he fled to the rear of the center and committed suicide. At the time of the incident Probation Officer Knepple, like other officers in his department, were not armed.

Probation Officer Knepple had served with the Allen County Adult Probation Department for 12 years. He was a US Army veteran of the Vietnam War and an Air National Guard reservist. Probation Officer Knepple was survived by his wife, 16-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter.

Judge to council: Appropriate the funds

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Connersville News Examiner on April 2, 2017 by James Sprague

BROOKVILLE — A Franklin County judge and the Franklin County council once again find themselves at odds over a particular subject – money.

Franklin Circuit Judge J. Steven Cox, this past week, filed an order for mandate of funds against the Franklin County Council, based on the council’s decision in March to only approve $67,940 in an additional appropriation to the county’s probation office, instead of the judge’s original amount requested of $400,093.

Cox, per his filing, was requesting the additional appropriation of $400,093 due to the county council only appropriating enough funds in the 2017 budget, for the county’s probation department and the salaries of the two officers in the department.

The funds were being sought by Cox to also pay for a second court reporter, a probation department secretary and a third probation officer position, in addition to any supplies or operating costs for the probation department. The funds, per Cox’s filing, were to come from the Probation User Fees budget line, which is a non-tax line.

County Council denied his request at their March meeting to appropriate the entire amount, instead only appropriating enough funds to keep the probation department going until Cox appeared in front of the council and detailed how the remaining funds would specifically be spent.

With his filing this week, however, Cox is now seeking for the funds to be come from the county’s General Fund, which is taxpayer-funded, and also states that for the past two decades, he has made similar budget requests to come from the Probation User Fees fund, with no issues.

“This County Council has demonstrated a complete lack of understanding of how these funds can operate to the benefit of the taxpayer, or worse, a complete indifference to the relief to taxpayers these funds afford by refusing to allow the Court to utilize its own funds to the relief of the tax-paying public,” Cox wrote in his filing.

Cox seeks relief via Indiana Trial Rule 60.5, which covers orders for mandate of funds. It isn’t the first time Cox has challenged the county council regarding funding, as he and the council found themselves at odds two years ago over supplemental judges pay for both Cox and fellow Franklin Circuit Court Judge Clay Kellerman. That situation was resolved before being taken to court.

Regarding the current situation with Cox and the county council, Thomas Carusillo, senior counsel for the Indiana Supreme Court’s Office of Judicial Administration, said the next step in the process is for the matter to go to trial.

When a mandate is filed, the court notifies the Supreme Court so that a special judge can be appointed to hear the case,” he told the News-Examiner last week. “This sometimes takes a while because the rule requires that the special judge be an attorney – not a judge or former judge – who does not reside or practice in the county involved or a contiguous county. The trial of the matter is without a jury.”

DOC Community Corrections Funding Recommendations

on April 10, 2017 by Deborah L. Braun

On Friday 4/7/2017 funding recommendations were reviewed, discussed, and voted on by the Judicial Reinvestment Advisory Council (JRAC) and approval was given by Commissioner Carter this afternoon, 4/10/2017. We are thankful  and excited to be able to continue funding not only to community corrections, but also to the newest entities as described in HEA 1006. For the overwhelming majority, we were able to continue funding entities at the same amount as awarded FY 2016 and FY 2017  less the previously awarded 400 series. By not making the 400 series (one-time capital expenses) from FY 2017 a recurring award, we were able to recommend approximately $1.7M in new grant awards or for expansion of services.

With that being said, some tough decisions were made with regards to continued funding. By accepting the state grant, agencies awarded funds MUST utilize those funds in the manner described in the Advisory Board approved grant application, recommended by JRAC, and approved by Commissioner Carter unless prior approval is given before any changes are made. Funds used for any purposes other than what was described in the preceding sentence or not used at all, will result in discontinued funding.

Attached you will find a copy of the approved Funding Recommendations and the Recommendations Summary sheet, both of which are a matter of public record, and were presented at the JRAC meeting. With the State Legislature still being in session, we decided to wait until close of session before sending the official award notices. The last day for adjournment of both houses is 4/29/2017, so barring any changes, we will be sending the award notifications within the first week of May. After the award notifications are sent and should you have any questions, please contact your assigned Program Director.

FY 2018 Funding Recommendations Summary

FY 2018 HEA 1006 Funding Recommendations

Deborah L. Braun, Director of Community Corrections

302 W. Washington St., Room E-334

Indianapolis, IN 46204

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