GREENFIELD, Ind. — He doesn’t want to see it anymore — people he knows, whose families he frequently runs into around the place where he has lived his entire life, ending up in jail — or dead — because of heroin.
Hancock County’s prosecutor believes a new partnership that happened almost on the spur of the moment will keep those people alive and may finally help them kick a deadly habit.
Hancock County is partnering with Dove Recovery House, the Indianapolis drug treatment facility for women.
Prosecutor Brent Eaton already knew of Dove’s work when it took in a woman who had been jailed for drugs, had tried and failed to get off them through the county’s Drug Court program, when Dove Recovery stepped in as a last resort.
“[Dove] is a one-of-a-kind program offering a free, safe and sober home complete with motivational case management, trauma informed therapy, wrap around programming and life skills,” said Wendy Noe, the facility’s executive director.
When Dove officials met with Eaton over the summer to talk about the woman’s progress, they talked about making the program available to other women, and whether Hancock County would be willing to pay for it.
Eaton just happened to be on his way to his annual budget meeting with the County Council, and he convinced the Council and later the Hancock County Commission to pay $18,000 to reserve four beds at Dove for the year.