December 5, 2021

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Fit And Go Forward

Hancock County, Healthy Acadia plan to have recovery coaches back in jail on Friday

The public health organization Healthy Acadia and officials from Hancock County are working on a written agreement that should have Healthy Acadia’s opioid recovery coaches back working with inmates in the county jail on Friday.

The agreement will revive the recovery coaching program after it was put on hold seven months ago when Sheriff Scott Kane barred Healthy Acadia from working at the jail because it issued a statement in favor of the Black Lives Matter movement. Kane has characterized Black Lives Matter as an anti-law enforcement group that has called for violence against police officers and said he was offended by Healthy Acadia’s statement.

The county and the Ellsworth nonprofit Monday morning agreed to work out a memorandum of understanding that would restore the program, William Clark, chairman of the county commission, and Healthy Acadia Executive Director Elsie Flemings said that after they met with Kane and Capt. Tim Richardson, the jail administrator.

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