Gwinnett County animal therapy program getting local news attention

Gwinnett County animal therapy program getting local news attention

Photo courtesy of Gwinnett Daily Post

The Gwinnett County (GA), a Corizon Partner, animal therapy program has gained some positive local news attention recently. The program, which has been in place for approximately six months, brings two Dalmatians, Ditto and Pinto, into the jail once a month as part of the assisted therapy program geared toward mental health patients. This type of therapy is believed to help reduce stress and improve overall moods of incarcerated patients.

Christy Simpson, MH Specialist at Gwinnett County, teaches group lessons the inmates may not have learned on the outside. The lessons feature topics such as hope, as one of the Dalmatians was a rescue dog and now brings much joy into prisons, nursing homes and schools with each visit. Along with these Dalmatian visits, where inmates ask about the dogs’ histories and joke about counting their spots, other programs like music and art-assisted therapies have been introduced at the jail.

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