RENO — The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is donating $20,000 from state forfeiture funds to support efforts by the local nonprofit Join Together Northern Nevada (JTNN) to increase parent awareness and education about local drug use trends, the signs and symptoms of drug abuse and effective intervention skills.
“By partnering with the sheriff’s office, we are essentially able to build a network of support that reaches across the entire community,” JTNN Executive Director Kevin Quint said.
State forfeiture funds come from assets seized during local investigations such as drug cases. State law allows the sheriff’s office to use those funds for education and training as part of ongoing efforts to prevent criminal activity.
In this case, the the WCSO funds will be used by JTNN for outreach and training to various parent groups, such as parent-teacher associations and organizations, as well as parents with children entering the juvenile justice system.
“This is an exciting opportunity to work with parents of youth who may have gotten into trouble with drugs for the first time and give them the tools they can use to help their children make better choices and to not become a repeat offender,” Quint said. “These funds will also support our ability to respond to parents who are trying to better understand how to recognize if a child is dealing with a drug or alcohol problem and host future community forums that will engage the wider community in a discussion of substance abuse.”
JTNN also hopes to work with current inmates who are parents.
The sheriff’s office donation was presented to JTNN during its executive board meeting on July 19.
For more information, visit http://www.jtnn.org