IN THE NEWS

Louisiana, the U.S. Incarceration Capital, Prepares for Expanded Medicaid
USA Today, June 28, 2016
“Both women and other formerly incarcerated Louisiana residents describe prison and reentry as psychologically crushing for most people. Without access to health care when they leave prison, it’s often only a matter of time until many prisoners return. The imminent expansion at least gives many hope they can get some help for problems that helped send them to prison in the first place.”

Anti-Obamacare States Struggle More to Fight Opioid Crisis
Governing, June 16 , 2016
“Medicaid expansion would bring billions of federal dollars into Missouri and other states, but opposition is fierce in GOP-controlled legislatures, where lawmakers argue Medicaid is unaffordable. That has left Missouri trying to cobble together money for addiction recovery programs from other federal grants and state tax revenues. Those funds are limited, however, and waiting lists remain long for many programs, state officials say.”

Science Needed for Fentanyl Crisis
Huffington Post, June 13, 2016
“Fentanyl is an opioid 50 times more potent than heroin, and has been added to U.S.-destined heroin from Mexico, China, and in clandestine labs domestically, mostly to increase illicit profits. Low-level dealers and users are often unaware of the presence of fentanyl in illicit prescription opioid pills and heroin. Against that backdrop, this highly potent opioid and its chemically related versions have contributed to over 5,000 overdose deaths in the United States since late 2013.”

Connecting the Justice-Involved Population to Medicaid Coverage and Care
Kaiser Family Foundation, June 1, 2016
“This brief provides an overview of initiatives to connect the justice-involved population to Medicaid coverage and care in three states—Arizona, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. These states are leading efforts in these areas and provide key lessons about how to coordinate across health care and corrections and the potential of such initiatives to better link individuals to physical and behavioral health services.”

CENTER IN FOCUS

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Center Co-Founder and Director Dr. Josiah Rich has been featured in in local and national press, discussing the extent of the opioid crisis in New England and the role correctional facilities can play in saving lives and treating individuals with opioid use disorder.  Learn more in the Huffington Post, Stateline, the Columbus Dispatch, and on the local news in Rhode Island,

The Center’s Executive Director, Brad Brockmann, was featured in The Nation’s Health, discussing the need for significant reform in the use of solitary confinement, and the potential of residential treatment units for incarcerated individuals with mental illness.

For a broader take on correctional health, see the Fall 2015 edition of Issues in Science and Technology. Dr. Rich and the Center’s Senior Research Assistant Alexandria Macmadu wrote a correctional health overview that focuses on correctional health as community health and the challenges of providing health care inside.