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Seneca County joins effort to get state funds for jail inmate substance abuse treatment

As of Wednesday, 104 people were incarcerated in the Seneca County Correctional Facility in Romulus.

County mental health and jail officials said 75 to 90 percent of them have mild, moderate or severe substance abuse and addiction problems. In many cases, their addiction was the underlying cause of their arrests.

Seneca County has paid for Tania Doverspike, a full-time substance use disorder counselor, to serve the jail population since 2015. She and a full-time mental health counselor are fully paid by county taxpayers in the sheriff’s department budget for 2018 to the tune of $125,000.

“Alcohol is the top addiction issue for these inmates, with opioids a close second and rising quickly,” said Margaret Morse, Seneca County’s director of community services.

She said marijuana and stimulants such as cocaine and meth amphetamine are other substances that Doverspike deals with.

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