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Incarcerated Women Learn About The Impact Of Addiction On Children

HENNING – The impact of substance use on children was the focus of a recent program at TDOC’s Women’s Therapeutic Residential Center (WTRC) in Henning. 

TDOC, in partnership with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), held an educational session with incarcerated women to discuss the devastating effect of substance use and its impact on children.  The event featured was part of the Tennessee Alliance for Drug Endangered Children project.  Discussion centered around the children’s book, “Timbi Talks about Addiction.”  The book tells the story of a child who has an addicted parent.  It also helps children comprehend their emotions better and learn strategies to gain self-assurance.

“Victim impact education is vital in helping to rehabilitate those who have been incarcerated,” said Jennifer Boyd, Director of Women’s Services for the Tennessee Department of Correction.  “Activities like this allow them to gain clarity on how their decisions have affected others and help them understand the seriousness of their actions.”