Michigan State Police has awarded St. Joseph County an $80,000 grant.
Secured in partnership with Covered Bridge Health, the funding will go toward jail-diversion services. The grant was officially accepted by commissioners Tuesday.
County grant writer James Hissong said the grant’s intent is to continue some services that Community Mental Health had been piloting in the jail. Its grant was ending, Hissong said, but with the partnership of Covered Bridge Health, the county was able to apply for the grant.
As a result, Hissong said, jail-diversion and mental-health support will continue through the partnership. The grant funding will cover services through the end of September 2021, he added.