Opening Doors to Recovery seeks to help inmates struggling with mental illness and drug addiction
Bill Carruthers, who was once actively addicted to drugs for 50 years, says he took the wrong road in life but ultimately ended up in the right place.
Carruthers is now clean and serves as the program developer for Rockdale County’s Stepping It Up Initiative, which aims to reduce the number of people incarcerated with mental health and substance abuse challenges.
On Wednesday’s edition of “Closer Look” Carruthers talked with program host Rose Scott about a partnership between Viewpoint Health, Rockdale County and jails and prisons within the county to create the Opening Doors to Recovery program.
“We are going to meet people in jails and transition them out with a 3-person intensive case management team, that will be a clinician, a person in recovery and a family member who is going to partner with that person for at least a year
to help them meet certain metrics and dynamics,” explained Carruthers.