County, Health Care Company Honored

County, Health Care Company Honored Click to Enlarge Photo: Stearns County Sheriff's Office

(KNSI) - A local program to help inmates kick their addiction to drugs has been honored.

The CentraCare Correctional Care program in Stearns County was given the Harold E. Hughes - Exceptional Rural Community Award from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and the National Rural Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

The award is given annually to a community that's shown an outstanding contribution to combat rural alcohol and drug abuse.

CentraCare Health partnered with Stearns and Benton county officials last year to provide health care for those in jail including drug rehabilitation.

The program provides coordinated, cost-effective care to inmates at the jail facilities and in a clinic, after they're released.

The CentraCare Correctional Care program has helped around 1,000 inmates in Benton County and 2,854 inmates in Stearns County this past year.

After being released from jail, 164 inmates sought care at CentraCare’s Coordinated Care Clinic.

Mark Maslonkowski, Jail Administrator, accepted the award for Stearns County and Katy Kirchner, Director - Coordinated and Correctional Care accepted the award on behalf of CentraCare in June.