“There is no better place to intervene in an individual’s addiction than in corrections,” according to Kevin Fiscella, MD, Physician Advisor to the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. For justice-involved individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD), treatment with medications and psychosocial counseling reduces overdose deaths, infectious disease, and recidivism. Nevertheless, the vast majority of the 3,200 jails in the United States do not continue or initiate medications and counseling for individuals with OUD.
This session brings together an addiction psychiatrist with a sub-specialty in criminology, a correctional health care executive, and a health care attorney to address the policy and practical implications of intervening and providing treatment for OUD in jails. They will discuss interventions and treatments that can be made available to individuals in jails who have OUD, including those that do and do not incorporate medication. They will cover pre-trial admissions, lengths of stay, and budget constraints. They also will examine concerns about drug diversion and pre-release coordination of services that could significantly impact treatment in jails nationwide. The presenters will conclude that, with proper resources, correctional healthcare programs can provide effective interventions and treatment for OUD.
This session is accredited for the following accreditation types: CME, CNE, CPE, APA, AAFP, AAHCPAD*, NAADAC*, ASWB,* GA Bar.
*State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.