5 Jails to Benefit from Federal Money for Drug Treatment Programs
Drug addiction is a very serious problem and it affects people from all walks of life. The unfortunate reality of addiction is the fact that it can put somebody into a downward spiral and eventually, they could end up in prison. Some people are are in jail because of the fact that they use an addictive substance and others are there because of their lifestyle, which may make it more likely for them to use an addictive substance. In either case, they are among many who could use help.
Thanks to a new program in Massachusetts, 5 different county jails will benefit from the influx of federal money to establish or improve on addiction treatment centers. The specific type of program is for opiate addiction, and the prisoners who take advantage of this program may be able to benefit in many ways. Typically, these types of programs are offered to prisoners who are getting close to a release date and it helps to get those individuals free from their addictions permanently. In that way, they can enter society without the addiction hanging over them.
As far as the amount of funding that is given to the county jails, there is $500,000 worth of federal funding made available. Some of the specific counties that will benefit from this funding include Franklin, Bristol, Middlesex, Worchester and Hampton. The treatment programs that are offered in those areas include both medication assisted and community-based for recovery programs.
In order to take part in this program, the inmates at the five affected county jails will have to have been diagnosed by a physician with opiate use disorder. They also need to be within two months of their release date and eligible to receive this type of assessment and treatment. In addition, a case manager will be assigned to them who will help to develop the recovery plan and treatment option that is specific to the prisoner. In some cases, this could include using a medication, such as extended-release naltrexone or buprenophine. This would be decided on a case-by-case basis.
The program that is offered inside of the county jails is not going to be limited to the time that the inmate is still incarcerated. After they have been released, they may still be able to receive personalized assistance and case management for up to 12 months. When you consider the fact that many former inmates end up in trouble with addiction and they live at an increased risk for overdose death immediately after release, this type of a program can have a significant benefit.
Massachusetts, like many other states, is dealing with an opiate epidemic. State officials are aware of this and that they were happy to announce the funding and how they planned on using it. This would not only include the benefits of helping prisoners who are about to be released, it would also help communities with their prevention programs and support other programs that focus on similar, high risk populations.
New funding for non profit heroin detox centers in states with few resources is needed from private charities. Donations from churches and other organizations will help fund these new facilities inside jails. Recent government funds have been ear marked for federal prisons with addiction rehab programs.