Carroll County Juvenile Services received a $32,800 state grant to hire an addictions counselor to monitor 30 to 40 heroin-involved youths, officials said yesterday.
The counselor will ensure that juvenile offenders receive intense daily supervision, participate in treatment, submit to drug tests, and receive immediate consequences for violating probation.
The counselor will work closely with police and other agencies cooperating in the state's Heroin Action Plan, a program that includes monitoring drug trends, prevention, early intervention, education and ensuring safer schools.
The grant was announced by the governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention. It was one of 25 grants totaling more than $2.2 million across the state. The grants are aimed at accelerating the state's drop in juvenile crime, which fell in 1997 for the first time in nine years, and to support efforts to hold youthful offenders accountable for their actions, state officials said.
Pub Date: 10/27/98