The Prince George’s Health Department has received a $300,000 grant to promote an innovative “re-entry” program that will provide access to behavioral health services for previously incarcerated individuals as they transition into the community. The three-year grant award will support a partnership between the Prince George’s Health Department and County Detention Center, and is projected to serve an estimated 990 individuals. This is the third grant the Prince George’s Health Department has received from the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission (MCHRC). In 2008, the county received a grant to expand access to dental care and funds to aid women’s health services in 2009.

“The Commission is dedicated to addressing the most pressing health care needs in Maryland,” said John A. Hurson, chairman, Maryland Community Health Resources Commission, in a statement.. “This grant to Prince George’s County will expand access to health care and help drive down runaway health care costs for all of us.”

The CHRC awarded 14 grants totaling $1.3 million in state funds throughout the state. The funds are designed to increase access to primary care, reduce infant mortality and provide enhanced dental care in low-income communities.