Implementing and Sustaining Enhanced MAT in Corrections: Considerations for Diversion, Recidivism and Saving Lives

Wednesday, October 23
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Location: Coronado Springs Resort, Fiesta 6
CE: 1.5

Primary Presenter(s)

    • Linda Hurley, MA CAGS

      President and Chief Executive Officer
      CODAC Behavioral Healthcare

      Disclosure: Nothing to disclose


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    Leslie Bridgman, MA, JD, LCDP

    Director of Correctional Services
    CODAC Behavioral Healthcare

    Disclosure: Nothing to disclose

  • Rosemarie Martin, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences
    Brown University School of Public Health

    Disclosure: Nothing to disclose

This presentation examines an expanded treatment program for opioid use disorder implemented at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections, in collaboration with CODAC Behavioral Healthcare (contracted vendor) and Brown University. Called a model for all 50 states, this program has dramatically reduced overdose and mortality rates among newly released inmates. Impact on criminal justice concerns, along with barriers, challenges and outcomes, will be discussed from multiple perspectives. Participants will leave with information and tools needed to initiate or expand MAT for OUD in their own correctional settings. 90 minutes, including question/answer period.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify steps taken to introduce medication for opioid use disorder into Department of Corrections.
  • Describe effective drug screening and medication assisted treatment protocols that can be instituted within a Department of Corrections.
  • Explain outcomes related to the introduction of medication assisted treatment within a Department of Corrections.

As supporters of #MedicationAssistedTreatment, we understand the dangers of allowing methadone – a Schedule II narcotic – to be distributed at local pharmacies. 
ACT NOW by telling Congress to protect the #OTP standard of care & our communities: https://programnotapill.com/write-congress/ #PNAP

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