Jonathan Teumer, Mental Health Team Supervisor at the jail, welcomed guests to the event which celebrates the success of the Sober Living Unit (SLU), the jail’s substance abuse treatment program. He introduced Liz Wixson of DCHS and Captain Lynn Oliver who both congratulated the inmates and expressed appreciation for the strong partnership between DCHS and the Sheriff’s Office.
A member of the men’s program and a member of the women’s program served as emcees during the SLU celebration. They and ten other inmates now in SLU shared dialogs, inspirational readings, and original poetry with the audience, which included members of the judicial community, substance abuse counselors, volunteers, and SLU alumni who returned to the jail to offer encouragement to current SLU participants. At the end of the program, Jon Teumer and Chief Deputy Shelbert Williams recognized longtime SLU counselor and mental health therapist Beverly Randall, who recently retired after 25 years of service.
Including the 12 at the celebration, 28 inmates have participated in SLU this fiscal year, with 51 taking part in FY2019.