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Jail Diversion Programs for Veterans Funded

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Programs that work to keep veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and related disorders out of prison have been awarded a total of $10 million in grants by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The six SAMHSA grants went to states to expand jail diversion programs on a statewide and local level. Each recipient will launch a pilot program and then expand it to other communities. Grants equal up to $394,000 annually over five years.

Recipients of the awards, administered by SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services, including Florida, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio and Rhode Island. Programs will provide addiction and/or mental health services in lieu of incarceration.

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