Houston & Peach

State recruiting assisted-living facilities to house former inmates

Two state agencies have scheduled a series of meetings in an effort to recruit nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and other organizations interested in housing offenders upon release from prison.

The statewide briefings are designed to serve as an educational forum for potential housing service providers, according to a Georgia Department of Corrections news release.

The state DOC is working with the state Board of Pardons and Paroles to recruit providers for specialized housing for sex offenders, violent offenders, those being electronically monitored and those with medical and mental health needs, the release said.

For those interested in becoming a provider, here are some of the meeting dates:

Today##from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Macon State College’s Warner Robins campus in the Walker Auditorium. This briefing is for providers in Bibb, Houston and Peach counties.

Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Gilmer County Library in Ellijay for providers in Dooly, Pulaski and Wilcox counties.

Briefings will be held across the state through February 2010. For more information about the meetings, contact LaTrese Schofield, residential coordinator for the state DOC, at schofl00@dcor.state.ga.us or (404) 463-2947.