PRINCETON, West Virginia (WVNS) – The Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center in Princeton, West Virginia was honored for Out-of-State Programs in the Quick Response Team (QRT) and Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Programs.
Southern Highlands, West Virginia’s Center for Comprehensive Behavioral Health, was honored at Ohio’s 2023 QRT and Deflection Summit as an interstate award recipient for outstanding efforts in the areas of deflection and pre-arrest diversion. Southern Highlands received this award in recognition of its (QRT) and (LEAD) programs. Both are part of West Virginia’s early intervention program for individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs).
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR)’s Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) and the West Virginia Department of Homeland Security funded and expanded Southern Highlands through a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Assistance. I’m here. QRT and LEAD programs.
“We are very proud of the work that is going on in West Virginia to support SUD in our residents. It shows that investments in the QRT and LEAD programs are spreading across states and having a positive impact nationwide.”
Rachel Thaxton, ODCP Interim Co-Director
Southern Highlands provides mental health, substance abuse and community support services in McDowell, Mercer and Wyoming counties. Southern Highlands’ QRT and LEAD programs partner with local prisons and drug courts to assist individuals suffering from substance abuse disorders. They coordinate the release of individuals from the facility by providing re-entry services.