Jail Chemical Addiction Program (JCAP) is focus of meeting in Scott County, epicenter of 2015 disease outbreak


The Office of Attorney General is hosting a Jail Chemical Addiction Program (JCAP) meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, at the Scott County Economic Development Park, 821 S. Lake Road South, Scottsburg.

At the meeting, representatives from Dearborn County, including Superior Court Judge Sally McLaughlin, will share insights they have gleaned from running a JCAP program that has gained recognition for its overall excellence.

Among those sharing their experiences will be inmates currently participating in JCAP; a graduate of the program; and officials involved with administering it.

The JCAP model is built on the premise that targeting inmate populations represents one of the best methods of reaching drug users most in need of services. Incarceration can play a vital role in helping addicts recognize their need for intervention, but quality substance-abuse programs during and after jail time must be part of the equation if the cycle of abuse and addiction is to be broken.

The Office of Attorney General has invited prosecutors, sheriffs and other county officials from Scott, Lawrence, Washington, Jackson, Jennings, Clark, Harrison and Floyd counties to this meeting.

Scott County was the subject of national news in 2015 when widespread intravenous drug use led to outbreaks of hepatitis and HIV.