Child Focus Jail Staff Honored at NAMI Dinner
Renae Butcher, Child Focus staff was recently honored at the NAMI Southwest Ohio Evening of Hope Dinner in the Criminal Justice category. Nominated by Karen Scherra, Executive Director of the Clermont County Mental Health & Recovery Board, Renae initially was assigned part-time at the jail to assist with crisis situations with Clermont County Jail inmates as part of the Mobile Crisis program. When the Board was awarded an OMHAS Mental Health/Criminal Justice Linkage grant in 2017, Jail Administration specifically asked that Renae serve in the Jail Liaison position, and we agreed. Luckily, so did Renae.
She is the heart and soul of this project, interacting with inmates when they first come into the jail, doing screenings and assessments and making referrals to appropriate people in the Linkage project and in the community. She has the trust of jail staff, including administrators, medical staff, and correction officers, and really works above and beyond to help individuals get the help they need. Our project has been very successful, and Renae is the essential element in that success. Her work is critical to individuals being linked to Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health, Clermont Recovery Center, Child Focus or other agencies, so that their issues are addressed, and the cycle of recidivism and criminal justice system involvement is changed to treatment and recovery. Congratulations, Renae!