CENTER IN FOCUS

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The Center’s Executive Director and Co-Founder were featured in the Providence Journal highlighting a recent visit to Rhode Island by Dr. Joao Goulao, the architect of Portugal’s radical and effective drug policy reform efforts, and issuing a call to action for Rhode Island to follow Portugal’s example.

Center Co-Founder and Director Dr. Jody Rich co-authored a new report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine that outlines a “series of recommendations on how to combine care for opioid use disorder with treatment for a number of infectious diseases increasingly associated with opioid abuse.”

Calling all doctors and medical students: sign the petition asking the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to require t that all residents and fellows who care for patients who use opioids, as well as their core faculty, receive specific training on the treatment of opioid use disorder.

The Center’s new Executive Director, Mavis Nimoh, is the subject of a June Valley Breeze feature about her goals for the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights. In this feature, Mavis talks about how her prior government agency and nonprofit work has informed her perspective on mass incarceration, social justice, and public health.

On November 26, 2019, Center Co-Founder Dr. Scott Allen spoke on the deplorable conditions and concerning quality of healthcare at government-run detention centers in a 60 Minutes feature and in a New York Times article on migrant family detention. In these features, Dr. Allen describes his experiences with healthcare facility inspections at the Department of Homeland Security, and denounces the critical lack of oversight for the ramifications and potential harm inflicted as a result of the Trump administration’s decision to separate children from families.

A $1-million federal grant awarded to Amos House in November 2018 paves the way for the establishment of the RI Reentry Collaborative in partnership with the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights, OpenDoors, Reentry Campus Program, and the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence! The RI Reentry Collaborative will aim to provide comprehensive services to people being released from incarceration.

In October 2018, the Center co-published a report with the Fenway Institute titled “Emerging Best Practices for the Management and Treatment of LGBTQI Youth in Juvenile Justice Settings” authored by Brad Brockmann, JD, MDiv, former Executive Director of the Center, alongside Sean Cahill PhD, Vickie Henry JD, and Timothy Wang MPH. This report is intended as a guidebook to assist prison administrators.

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