One thing that is true about those who have been arrested. Generally speaking, the return rate is high. If you have committed a crime, the chances are good that you will commit another crime. Of course this is not always the case, but overall recidivism is high among those who have been arrested.
Terry County Sheriff Timothy Click feels this is something the jail can and should address. For the last three years, Sheriff Click has applied for a grant through MHMR. This grant provides funding to counties for mental health workers in the jails. This was made possible through House Bill 13 a few years back. This year, the grant was approved and Click set to work finding just the right person for the job. “We just kept applying for it, hoping one day we would get it. I know this is something this jail really needs and I know it has the potential to really make a difference for many people,” stated Click.
Adrianna Moya has taken on the role of Jail Case Worker through the umbrella of MHMR. The purpose being to try to address issues going on in the inmate’s life and things that could be causing this person to repeatedly commit crimes.
When a person is arrested, they must answer several questions. If the answer is yes to any of the questions, this person will be seen by Adrianna for an assessment. Adrianna will then connect them with the resources they need both while incarcerated and once they are released.
While it is true that MHMR has been around for quite some time, it is also true that most released prisoners do not take advantage of these resources. One of Adrianna’s duties will be to check up on released inmates and to continue to encourage them to make use of the resources available. She will attempt to maintain contact with each inmate she sees while in TCLEC for a period of up to 30 days. They will each also be assigned a Case Manager to follow up with.
Adrianna, a 2012 graduate of BISD, is a recent graduate of Lubbock Christian University’s Social Welfare Department and is excited about being in, what is referred to as “the helping profession.”
“I started off wanting to be a math teacher but then I took a class in this department and I realized what all I could do to help people and it just seemed made for me. I always want to know what caused a person to end up where they are and could it have been prevented somewhere along the way. I am very excited about this opportunity,” stated Adrianna.
She stated that sometimes people have been through really traumatic situations that alter their judgement and the way they look at things and she wants to be a part of helping to change their world view. “I know that we each have problems in our lives and the way we react to them can certainly change our path. I want to give these people some hope that things don’t have to be the way they are. There are different pathways out there.”
Click stated, “We are lucky to have Adrianna. I have full confidence that she will do a great job for us.”
Adrianna is married to Alex and has two sons, with another on the way. Terry County is fortunate indeed to have Adrianna working to help these men and women get off the path they are on.