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Wyoming Methamphetamine Treatment Initiative

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This document explores the treatment initiative proposal for Wyoming’s methamphetamine problem.
Between 1992 and 1998, methamphetamine investigations in Wyoming increased by over 600 percent. Methamphetamine now accounts for over 55 percent of the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) caseload. Wyoming is an excellent candidate for demonstrating workable projects for a “rural State with limited resources” in response to the impact of methamphetamine. The proposal is to create two long-term, intense, adult residential programs based on the therapeutic community model. Three drug courts and three, integrated, jail-based and intensive treatment programs will be created to provide immediate intervention for methamphetamine or other drug-involved arrestees. Three intensive outpatient treatment programs will be created to fill the gaps between the therapeutic community programs and the early, jail/community-based interventions for both general substance abuse clients and methamphetamine involved users. Six Intensive Supervision Program (ISP) Officers will be added to adult corrections to supervise and participate in the case management of these individuals. Two pilot Intensive Supervision Programs for juveniles will be initiated and substance abuse services in juvenile correctional facilities will be enhanced. Additional resources are requested to address the out of home placement costs of children who have essentially become “methamphetamine orphans” as a result of parental addiction. DARE will be integrated with other anti-drug and prevention efforts in middle and high schools to support elementary school DARE efforts, and to address the methamphetamine problems in the schools. A public awareness program will be established, including billboards and an 800 information reporting number. Edward Byrne funding will be maintained or increased for the regional enforcement teams, and funding will be continued for the Tri-Ethnic Center Community Readiness Methamphetamine Prevention Project.

Date Published: January 1, 1998