BURNET — The termination of a drug-and-alcohol rehabilitation program at the Burnet County Jail because of budget cuts by the Legislature will put more than two dozen counselors out of a job, officials said.
The facility at 900 County Lane holds 578 beds, including 456 in use by the program administered by the Gateway Foundation. The program employs 29 counselors, but only three are moving on to new jobs when the state contract expires Aug. 31, officials confirmed June 15.
“I will be unemployed,” said Denny Morrison, the Gateway program director. “All of the Gateway employees (at the jail) will be out of a job.”
The program is part of a $9 million contract with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, officials said.
Prison funding recently approved by state lawmakers trims more than $95 million from TDCJ for fiscal years 2011-2012 and 2012-2013, which includes the rehab program at the county jail.