Conference News

Hotel Rooms Available! Room block secured at Courtyard Marriott!

The 10th Academic Health & Policy Conference on Correctional Health is coming up March 16-17, 2017 at the Atlanta Airport Marriott and has received a great response! Last week, the hotel room block sold out. We were able to contract additional rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Airport South/Sullivan Road, less than a mile away from the conference venue (Atlanta Airport Marriott) with a free shuttle. Details below:

Overflow Hotel

Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Airport South/ Sullivan Road

2050 Sullivan Rd.

College Park, GA 30337

Visit our Reservation Site 

Or Call: (800) 321-2211 or (770) 997- 2220 and ask for University of Massachusetts Medical School group rate

$129/ night 

This hotel shares a shuttle with the Atlanta Airport Marriott. The shuttle runs every 15 minutes.

Call soon! Limited amount of rooms available!


Register for the conference today!

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in Prison and Re-entry Programs- Webinar Hosted by the Office of National Drug Control Policy

You’re Invited

I would like to cordially invite you to join a webinar conversation entitled: Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in Prison and Re-entry Programs. This webinar will highlight examples of MAT programs as viable and beneficial components of prison and re-entry services for individuals with opioid use disorders.  

  • The Kentucky Department of Corrections implemented an MAT program in state corrections facilities and county jails. The program is consistent with the Bureau of Prisons model of administering two injections of extended-release injectable naltrexone prior to release. Kentucky Department of Corrections is working with the University of Kentucky to evaluate criminal justice and treatment outcomes.
  • The Rhode Island Department of Corrections is a combined prison and jail system that implemented a statewide Medication Assisted Treatment program, offering methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone. Inmates can continue to stay on MAT up to one year while incarcerated and can receive MAT prior to release. Rhode Island Department of Corrections is working with Brown University to conduct a program assessment.

The webinar will take place on January 13, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EST).

Please register for this event at

You will be able to submit questions when you register, and our presenters will also respond to live questions during the webinar. Details on how to access the webinar will only be sent to parties who register.

Please note that participants must call into the webinar for the audio portion of the call.

I encourage you to share this invitation with other parties who are interested in supporting access to quality treatment for individuals with substance use disorders. I hope you can join us.  

Thank you,

Michael P. Botticelli
Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy



2017 Conference Registration Open and Preliminary Schedule Available!

The 10th Academic Health & Policy Conference on Correctional Health will take place in Atlanta, GA March 16-17th at the Atlanta Airport Marriott. 

The preliminary conference schedule is now available here and registration for the conference is now open. The conference will feature presentations on the following:

  • Mental Health
  • Special Populations
  • Quality
  • Infectious Disease
  • Workforce
  • Substance Abuse 
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Reentry
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health
  • Research
  • Chronic Illnesses
  • and more

Register today for this great event. 

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Announcing: Community Based Stakeholder Scholarship Opportunities

With a generous grant from the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation, the Academic Consortium is pleased to offer scholarships to the 10th Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health in Atlanta, GA to be held March 16-17, 2017.  While the conference has a history of scholarships for junior researchers and students, this is the first time we will offer scholarships to community based stakeholders concerned with the health issues facing justice involved individuals and citizens who have returned to the community. Community health workers, advocates, patient navigators, case managers and other allied professionals or volunteers are encouraged to apply.  

Scholarships will cover conference registration, up to two nights in the conference hotel and travel expenses up to $300. Please submit your application by Monday, November 28th. 

Scholarship Application

Research Fellowship

NIH T32 Training Program Recruiting Postdoctoral Researchers

Co- PI’s Dr. Nabila El-Bassel, Director of the Social Intervention Group, Columbia School of Social Work and Dr. Lisa Metsch of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University  were recently awarded a NIDA-sponsored Institutional National Service Award (T32) to support a HIV, Substance Abuse and Criminal Justice fellowship at the Columbia University. This T32 will provide training the next generation of pre- and post-doctoral scholars in the prevention, treatment, and care of HIV and drug abuse among individuals in the criminal justice system with a strong emphasis on individuals involved in alternatives to incarceration and community supervision.  It is the first and only T32 grant that provides multidiscipinary training from schools of social work and public health. It is also the only current NIDA T32 grant focused specifically on Criminal Justice. The program is located at Columbia University in the City of New York, placing the program in a city that has been historically impacted by high rates of incarceration, community supervision (e.g Probation and Parole), HIV, drug abuse and associated health disparities. For more information regarding this opportunity, please email

Download the flyer (PDF).

Plenary Speaker: Fred C Osher, M.D.

We are pleased to announce that this year's plenary speaker, for the 10th Academic Health & Policy Conference on Correctional Health, will be Dr. Fred Osher. 

Over the past three decades Dr. Fred Osher has led initiatives focused on incarcerated and/or homeless individuals with disabling mental illnesses and substance use disorders.   Dr. Osher is a psychiatrist with extensive experience in the development, delivery, evaluation, and adaptation of evidenced based practices within community settings throughout the country.  He has worked in public sector systems at the local, state, and Federal level.  His previous positions include Director of the Center for Behavioral Health, Justice, and Public Policy; Director of Community Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine; Director of the Adults with Severe Mental Illness Branch at CMHS/SAMHSA; and Deputy Director of the Office of Programs for the Homeless Mentally Ill at the NIMH/NIH. In his current position as Director of Health Systems and Health Services Policy at the Council of State Governments Justice Center, he oversees the health components of the Center's initiatives and provides technical assistance to state and local governments across the country that seek to improve their responses to people who have mental health and/or substance use disorders and are involved in the criminal justice system. Dr.Osher has published extensively in the areas of homelessness, community psychiatry, co-occurring mental and addictive disorders, and effective practice and policy for persons with behavioral disorders within criminal justice settings. He received his B.A. from Harvard University and his M.D. from Wayne State University

Exhibition at ACA's 146th Congress of Correction- Boston, MA

Boston hosts the 146th Congress of Correction August 5-10, 2016 at the Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center and representatives from the UMASS Medical School’s Health and Criminal Justice Program (HCJ) will be there promoting the Academic Consortium on Criminal Justice Health (ACCJH).  The Congress of Correction is the American Correctional Association’s (ACA) annual summer event which brings together correctional professionals from across the globe for five days of networking, workshops, meetings and tours of local correctional facilities.  The mission of the ACA is to provide an organization for all correctional professionals with the common goal of improving the justice system.

The HCJ staff will be at booth #226 from the Sunday evening reception through Tuesday afternoon.  We will have fun giveaways and a raffle for one free registration to the 10th Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health in Atlanta, Georgia March 16-17, 2017.  Come visit our booth and learn more about our growing membership organization, ACCJH, the annual conference, including its new Implementation Science Track, as well as HCJ’s comprehensive managed correctional health care services, technical, research and consultative services.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Warren Ferguson, MD

We are pleased to announce that this year's keynote speaker, for the 10th anniversary of the Academic Health & Policy Conference on Correctional Health, will be Dr. Warren Ferguson.

Warren J. Ferguson, MD serves as Professor and Vice Chair for Community Health in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at University of Massachusetts Medical School and as the Director of Academic Programs, Health and Criminal Justice Program, Commonwealth Medicine Division of UMMS.  His academic career has centered on achieving health equity for vulnerable populations. In 2002, Dr. Ferguson took on a new challenge to assist UMass to develop a comprehensive medical care program for inmates in the state’s prisons.

Struck by his steep learning curve to gain understanding of the vexing issues of mass incarceration in the United States, Dr. Ferguson sought to engage academic medicine in the field of criminal justice health.  He recognized that correctional health care requires unique competencies and overcame the significant obstacles involved in getting trainees access to prisons to develop clinical experiences for medical students and residents. 

On a national level, he founded the Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health, now in its 10th year, as well as the Academic Consortium on Criminal Justice Health. With funding from NIH and AHRQ, Dr. Ferguson now leads two projects in implementation science in four states to adopt evidence-based health practices in prisons and jails.  He has written in the field of policy, community reentry and clinical competencies at the intersection of criminal justice health and academic health sciences.  

Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities

Become a sponsor or exhibitor at the 10th Annual Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health!

Gain exposure with:

  • Leaders in Academe
  • Public Agencies
  • Policy Makers
  • Correctional Institutions
  • Criminal Justice Healthcare Experts

Last year we had more than 236 Attendees from 31 states, three countries, and 125 institutions!

View our SPONSOR PROSPECTUS to learn more.

2017 Hotel Information

2017 Conference Location | March 16-17, 2017

ATLANTA AIRPORT MARRIOTT | 4711 Best Road Atlanta, GA 30337

We are delighted to announce that this year's conference will take place at the Atlanta Airport Marriott. Take advantage of our special conference rates! To receive this discount, you must make your hotel reservations before February 23, 2017