Sheriff: Chestnut Grant Could Alleviate Some Jail Crowding

Published 08/28 2014 05:13PM

Updated 08/28 2014 06:31PM

BLOOMINGTON - A local health care organization receives a big boost for its future plans.

Chestnut Health Systems was rewarded a $700,000 grant from the State of Illinois for its detox and crisis stabilization services. This news comes on the recent announcement that Chestnut would be adding a new campus in Normal.

County officials say it will ease the burden on the jail for mental
health treatment.

"It's still not sufficient enough to give the type and amount of care that some of those individuals need," said McLean County Sheriff Mike Emery. "So, it will relieve some of the pressure on the jail once this program is initiated."

The grant will help renovate its existing facility on Martin Luther King Drive in Bloomington.

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