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Commissioners Court approved a request to have Judge Ramon Garcia sign a letter in support of a grant application for BCFS, a non-profit health and human services agency, for reentry community re-link which is funded by the office of minority health.
This is a five year grant targeting men and women between the ages of 18-26, from both Hidalgo and Cameron County, who are being released from jail after serving three months to up to a year. The goal is to reduce recidivism by assisting them to successfully re-enter society with case management, mentoring, job training, referrals to mental health providers, and help accessing medical care.
BCFS is not asking for financial commitment from the county, only for a letter in support of its grant application.
Health and Human Services Director Eddie Olivarez has expressed his support of the program.
Marissa Cano, director of community based services for BCFS, said the agency expects to assist 60 people a year through the program.