Ventura County’s Grand Jury is calling for the county to take a closer look at how its controversial drug rehabilitation efforts prompted by the state’s Propostion 36 are managed.
The decade old measure helped set up substance abuse treatment programs for offenders who might otherwise go to jail.
But, there’s controversy locally, and statewide about the effectiveness of the effort. Some of the issues include a high number of repeat offenders, and the handling of offenders who also have mental health issues.
The problems prompted the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office to withdraw its support for the program in 2009.
The County is now having to fund the program without state help, although it’s currently getting some federal grant money.
The Grand Jury report calls for the Board of Supervisors, and the County to improve tracking of those in the program to better assess its success rate.