|2004 Pre-Conference Session
In 2001, Orange County formed the County Commissioner’s Jail Oversight Commission to address issues in the Orange County Jail. A mental health and substance abuse subcommittee was formed, and the issue of treatment for inmates on methadone maintenance was identified as one area of focus.
The Center for Drug-Free Living and Orange County partnered to bring continued methadone treatment to incarcerated inmates who were already affiliated with a methadone program. The challenges and solutions will be the focus if this presentation.
Participants will have the opportunity to learn how one community came together to successfully address an issue in the county jail that had ramifications for the jail community and the community at large.
Pam Steinke will provide an overview of the Jail Oversight Commission’s work to enhance substance abuse and mental health services in the Orange County Jail. Babette Hankey and Pam Steinke will provide an overview of the work the two agencies engaged in to develop a working model for this program. Dr. Seikel and Dr. Ellis will provide an overview of the medical aspects of this program and the future of opioid dependency treatment in the Orange County Jail.
Sponsored by the Center for Drug-Free Living and the Orange County Department of Corrections.