The American Correctional Association is reshaping national accreditation standards to ease solitary confinement stays for inmates. Proposals range from mandatory healthcare visits and mental illness treatment for inmates in segregation to more time out of cells for recreation and education.
New York prison guards and justice system staff workers who come into direct contact with state inmates will be required to undergo annual training to recognize symptoms of poor mental health and suicide risk.
A group of health professionals and researchers have received grants to study treatments for substance use disorders and hepatitis C among people incarcerated in state prisons. Experts in implementation science will guide treatment teams working in designated U.S.
The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) Division of Mental Health and Addiction launched Recovery Works, a statewide voucher-based specialty behavioral health program for uninsured felony offenders with mental illness or substance use disorder.
The Excellence in Mental Health Act is being called by criminal justice reform experts a "common-sense solution" to the crisis of mentally ill inmates flooding U.S. prisons.
In this opinion piece, Steven W. Tompkins, sheriff of Suffolk County and president of the Massachusetts Sheriffs' Association, says county sheriff departments serve as de facto health and addiction service providers for residents who do not seek, or have access to, care in the community.
UMass Medical School will take the fight against the ongoing opioid crisis within prison walls through a new health collaborative with a focus on bringing evidence-based treatment for substance abuse and Hepatitis C to prisons and jails.
Barnstable County started offering Vivitrol to inmates in 2012, among the first jail operators in the country to do so. Since then, jails and prisons throughout Massachusetts, and about 100 others nationally, have embraced Vivitrol as a tool to keep people off of drugs and out of prison.
The Pennsylvanian program is credited with saving 35 people across Chester County who received the life-saving treatment this past year. The program is designed to provide police departments and law-enforcement agencies with the training and medication to reverse opioid overdoses.
Gov. Peter Shumlin announced a pilot program making naltrexone, a drug that prevents relapse in those undergoing treatment from opioid addiction, available to those being released from jail.
Kenneth L. Appelbaum, MD, a UMass Medical School expert on mental health for incarcerated populations, will be a keynote speaker at the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law’s “Systems, Clients and Patients: Psychiatry, Psychology and Law” conference.
More than 15% of U.S. prison inmates are infected with hepatitis C.
For years, many who left California lockups on parole or probation would do so without easy access to medical care. In 2013, however, the California Legislature passed a bill allowing county workers to help released prisoners enroll in Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program.
Fitchburg Police Lt. Harry Hess and personnel from the Cambridge Police Department presented a workshop on "Best Practices in Law Enforcement/Mental Health Partnerships" at the National Alliance on Mental Illness state convention.
Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) are seeing momentum in an effort to reform the mental healthcare system, giving hope to House members who have long failed to advance a similar bill.
The Ohio Department of Corrections cut healthcare costs by millions during the past decade partly due to savings from changing inmate diets to a heart-healthy menu. The changes took place, in 2006, after the department settled a lawsuit for inadequate medical care.
Prisoners' rights advocates in Massachusetts are looking to capitalize on a national prison reform movement to reduce the use of solitary confinement, saying the state has some of the strictest and most punitive policies in the country.
This Boston Globe editorial says Massachusetts needs to change its policy of holding prisoners in disciplinary solitary confinement for up to 10 years. State Senator James Eldridge submitted an omnibus bill that could begin modernizing the state's policy.
As prison populations age more facilities are implementing hospice programs. This Associated Press article looks at the program at Franklin Medical Center in Ohio that houses some of the state's sickest inmates, many of whom die there.
Corizon Health appointed Karey Witty as CEO, effective Nov. 2, 2015. Witty has been a member of the Corizon Health board of directors since 2011, and served as CFO of Correctional Medical Services prior to the merger that formed Corizon Health.
In 2016, Vermont lawmakers will contemplate alternative housing for some mentally ill prisoners in the state as corrections officials say the number of mentally ill inmates housed in state prisons has increased in recent years.
There were 104 overdose deaths in Baltimore during the first quarter of 2015, a 49% increase over the same period in 2014. As Baltimore City Health Commissioner, Dr. Leana Wen is focusing on stopping the epidemic.
This column in The Boston Globe looks at the practice of solitary confinement. "It's embarrassing to say but we have one of the most outdated prison systems in the country," says state Sen. Jamie Eldridge.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services named Daniel Anderson, a veteran health administrator and executive at Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services, as the new CEO of health systems at the department, overseeing mental health and substance abuse treatment programs across the state.