The program is taking place at the Bowie Red River Recovery Center. This is a six to nine month program that offers an alternative to women who face incarceration over drug or mental health issues.Glad to see that money is starting to get out into the field. I'll see if I can find out where else new treatment dollars approved last year are being spent and what the timeline is for them to open.
For the ladies, here this is their last chance to avoid jail and turn lives around. In some cases it may be saving lives.
The women who come here initially stay in a dorm type setting sharing a large room with as many as nine other women. Each step of the program completed means graduating toward a private room in the facility.
The Recovery Center is a joint project between judges, prosecutors and the probation department, but is funded by the state at a cost of $2.5 - $3 million dollars. Probation Officer Jack Pappas says its a good thing for the women and the state.
Right now there are only nine women in the facility but eventually it will house as many as 100 women.
Women from across the state of Texas will be referred to the Bowie County facility.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
New treatment facility for probationers opens in Texarkana
It looks like some of the new treatment options and incarceration alternatives funded by the Texas Legislature last year are starting to come online. A TV news station in Texarkana reports on a new women's facility: