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New Substance Abuse Program for Inmates

By Kelley Weiss


Kansas City, MO – Kansas City, Mo. will use grant money to take a comprehensive approach in treating jail inmates with substance abuse problems. KCUR's Kelley Weiss reports.

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The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, which supports KCUR's health coverage, gave a $75,000 grant to help Kansas City Municipal Correctional Institution, or MCI, inmates get more complete substance abuse treatment, something that has not been offered before. At MCI almost 80 percent of inmates have substance abuse problems - the grant money will enroll an estimated 100 inmates a year in the city's drug court program. And, for the first time, the city will give inmates treatment, track their progress and offer outpatient care after completion of the program.

Funding for health care coverage on KCUR has been provided by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City.

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