Clinton, IL

DeWitt County Sheriff, HRC Applying For Grant To Battle County's Substance Abuse Problem

DeWitt County's Human Resource Center is teaming up with the DeWitt County Sheriff's office to apply for a grant aimed at cutting down on substance abuse in DeWitt County.

DeWitt County Sheriff Jered Shofner has been working with Lynn Scovill, the new Executive Director of DeWitt County HRC, and the two have been discussing applying for a grant that could potentially help in fighting the battle of substance abuse that exists in the County. The Sheriff says nearly 75% of cases that come across his desk deal with substance abuse.

The Sheriff approached Scovill one day and they began discussing ways they could work together to do something about this problem. Scovill says they decided on approaching the Coalition for Bright Futures, which is a community organization aimed at youth prevention.

Scoville explains they are pursuing a grant that would fund prevention programs such as server training, compliance checks, and programming in schools.

As a part of writing the grant, Scovill says they are taking note of the trends taking place in the county. She says there are some unfortunate trends taking place, mainly involving alcohol abuse and prescription abuse.

Scovill feels they have a good chance to receive the grant. She notes HRC has applied for the grant in the past, however, more money is available this year.

They will not know if they've received the grant until later this year.

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