|NCCHC and NSA Issue Guidelines to Assist Jails in Treating Inmates With Substance Use Disorder|
|By The National Commission on Correctional Health Care & The National Sheriffs’ Association|
Jails are on the front lines of the opioid epidemic in the United States—and they also are in a unique position to save lives by initiating treatment for incarcerated individuals with substance use disorder.
The National Commission on Correctional Health Care and the National Sheriffs’ Association are pleased to present a resource to support sheriffs and their jail administrators in providing effective treatment in a controlled, safe environment. Jail-Based Medication-Assisted Treatment: Promising Practices, Guidelines, and Resources for the Field was developed to guide jails in developing MAT programs. MAT is a cornerstone of best practice for recovery, and treatment using MAT, particularly when coupled with evidence-based behavioral treatment, improves medical and mental health outcomes and reduces relapses and recidivism.
The document introduces what has been learned from sheriffs’ and jail administrators’ innovative use of MAT to date, describes the essential components of these programs and discusses the latest research on how the programs are best implemented, as well as the medications approved for opioid use disorders. Key features are as follows:
ABOUT THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON CORRECTIONAL HEALTH CARE
NCCHC is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization working to improve the quality of care in our nation’s jails, prisons, and juvenile detention and confinement facilities. NCCHC establishes standards for health services in correctional facilities, operates a voluntary accreditation program for institutions that meet these standards, produces and disseminates resource publications, offers a quality review program, conducts educational trainings and conferences, and offers a certification program for correctional health professionals. NCCHC is supported by the major national organizations representing the fields of health, law and corrections. www.ncchc.org
ABOUT THE NATIONAL SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION
Chartered in 1940, the National Sheriffs’ Association is a professional association dedicated to serving the Office of Sheriff and its affiliates. NSA represents thousands of sheriffs and deputies in our nation’s 3,300 jails, as well as other law enforcement and public safety professionals and concerned citizens nationwide. Guided by a board of directors and 17 committees, NSA addresses the full range of issues of importance to law enforcement in fulfillment of its mission to support and enhance the professionalism of those whose job it is to serve and protect. It provides its 20,000-plus members with a wide range of services, information, trainings and technical assistance, including a professional magazine, an e-newsletter and an annual and winter conference. www.sheriffs.org
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