Culpeper supervisors OK hiring of clinical social-worker for jail
The Culpeper County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved an agreement to let Rappahannock–Rapidan Community Services hire a licensed clinical social worker to work with inmates at the Culpeper County jail.
The $65,000 needed for the position is contained in the county’s fiscal 2015 budget, which became effective Tuesday.
According to Andrew Lawson, director of Culpeper’s Criminal Justice Services, the new position will help process inmates with mental or substance abuse problems more quickly.
“Sometimes it now takes four to six months for these people to get an appointment with a psychiatrist,” Lawson said.
Meanwhile, inmates languish in jail or are set free without proper medication, where they can do harm to themselves and others, Sheriff Scott Jenkins told the supervisors in March.
Jenkins added that moving these troubled inmates along will free up jail space and save the county the money needed to farm excess inmates to other facilities due to overcrowding.
The supervisors approved the position as part of a one-year pilot program to see if the savings actually occur.
Jenkins will provide office space for the social worker.