"My Town and Yours" Thoughts and Observations of Mark Lange
Numbers or Community Service - Doesn't Matter
by Mark Lange,posted Feb 14 2012 5:14AM
It doesn't matter if you just look at the numbers or look at the lives changed for the good, Knox County's Life After Meth program works for all of us. Started in 2005 in Freelandville, Life After Meth or LAM, has expanded to an in and out of jail program designed to help get men and women off drugs and keep them clean. There are a million such programs, but this one seems to work for a number of reasons:
It's Faith Based - enough said.
It's focus starts with one group of drug addicts - incarcerated people in the Knox County Jail.
It has a strong professional leadership - Peter Haskins from the beginning and for the last year Tania Willis.
It has a local board that includes every area of Knox County individuals, groups, and agencies lead by Jane Melvin.
The participants want badkly to get out of the drug life.
It's Faith Based. Said that, but it should be said more than once.
Haskin reports that Knox County has saved almost $730,000.00 in just the cost of offenders returning to jail if they were not in the LAM program and his math works. Now LAM wants to expand the services to a half-way house program for women (first) and men (second). We need to support the program AND the participants.
Need information? contact Peter Haskins at phaskins@Yahoo.com or go online to knoxcountylifeaftermeth.com.