Klamath Community Corrections Expanding Treatment Services

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Tue, November 26 2013 at 5:20 PM, Updated: Tue, November 26 2013 at 5:31 PM

It's now a little easier for people on parole or probation in Klamath County to get treatment services, as Klamath County Community Corrections is re-opening a wing that had been closed due to funding cuts.

Community Corrections Director Kiki Parker-Rose says the former Work Release Center has re-opened for a new use...

"We'll be able to provide on-site services for all of our offenders that are in need of everything from alcohol and drug treatment, mental health services, employment, education, and those types of things."

"We have created sort of a one stop shop with many of the community partners and providers."  Adds Program Manager Christina Eddy.

Parker-Rose notes that funding cuts have left Community Corrections with limited resources to watch over 780 convicted felons...

"In 2011, we went from an agency of 39 employees down to 17."

But new state funding, and local support is helping to fill some of the gaps.

Program Manager Eddy says those needing treatment are now getting it...

"Right now I think we probably have between 50 to 100 have come through in the last 3 weeks."

Parker-Rose adds that similar services will soon be available next door at the Klamath County Jail...

"We're going to be in a position that we can open 'C' pod, we will be opening that in partnership with the Klamath County Jail, Lieutenant Davidson on Monday."

It's hoped that improving access to treatment will have a long-term benefit of improving public safety.

The money comes from a bill passed by Oregon state lawmakers aimed at reducing the number of people being sent to prison.

Over 170 thousand dollars was earmarked for Klamath County.

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Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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