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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Interim Guidance on Management of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Correctional and Detention Facilities

The following links are articles, action plans/protocols and other resources on jails/prisons and COVID-19 that may be of interest to you. Please check the CDC to ensure information you receive is based on the latest scientific evidence.


General Articles and Resources on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Marchall Project - Coronavirus Tracker: How Justice Systems Are Responding in Each State
VERA Institute- Guidance for preventive and responsive measures to coronavirus for jails, prisons, immigration detention and youth facilities
National Sheriff's Association Info on Coronavirus
The New Yorker Q&A: How Prisons and Jails Can Respond to the Coronavirus

State DOC and Bureau of Prison Protocols in Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Georgia Department of Corrections Response
Washington State DOC COVID-19 Information
Federal Bureau of Prisons COVID-19 Action Plan

County Jail Protocols in Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

San Francisco Sheriff's Office's strategy to Keeping COVID-19 out of the Jails and Response & Action Plan
Cook County(IL) Sheriff's Office jail information on COVID-19


News Update
The Federal Bureau of Prisons is imposing a 14 day quarantine to contain the virus for all new entering inmates.

RSAT Film on

MAT for Pre-Trial Individuals!


Promising Practices Guidelines for Residential Substance Abuse Treatment


Jail-Based Medication-Assisted Treatment

Reentry Strategies to Reduce Recidivism and Sustain Recovery

Overdose Risk Reduction and Relapse Prevention for RSAT Programs

Role of Corrections Officers in Jail/Prison Substance Use Disorder Treatment Programs

Integrated Substance Abuse Treatment for Clients with 

Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders


The federal government has now made it easier for persons to access methadone and buprenorphine. Refer to the SAMHSA website for details.
  • Methadone clinics may now give stable patients a four week supply to take home and two weeks for less stable patients if the clinics believe this can be done safely.
  • Waivered doctors can now prescribe buprenorphine without meeting prospective patients in person. They can now use telemedicine for the initial consultation.
  • This should allow jails and prisons to connect persons seeking prescriptions for buprenorphine with prescribing doctors without requiring the doctor to come to the correctional facility.
  • This new regulations will remain in effect during the course of the pandemic according to SAMHSA.
CLICK HERE for FAQs on these provisions.

Other Prison/Jail MAT Manuals

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Jails and Prisons: A Planning and Implementation Toolkit
Medication-assisted Treatment Inside Correctional Facilities
Colorado Jail Based Behavioral Health Services
Kentucky DOC Substance Abuse Medication Assisted Treatment Protocol
Rhode Island Vivitrol Manual
Rhode Island Suboxone SOP
Rhode Island Distribution of Suboxone Protocol
Massachusetts Department of Correction Medication Assisted Treatment Re-Entry Initiative (MATRI) Clinical Guidelines
Vermont MAT for Inmates: Work Group Evaluation Report and Recommendations
New Hampshire DOC MAT and Naltrexone Oral Augmentation Clinical Guidelines
Department of Vermont Health Access, Managed Care Entity, Vermont Buprenorphine Clinical Practice Guidelines, August 2015
Resolution of National Sheriffs’ Association on MAT
ACA and ASAM Joint Policy on OUD Rx in Justice System

Correctional MAT Videos

SAMHSA Video: Benefits and Cost Savings of MAT
Services in a Correctional Setting

This video features presentations from Jon Berge, SAMHSA, Mark Parrino, American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, Andrew Klein, RSAT TTA and Advocates for Human Potential, Kathleen Maurer, Connecticut DOC, and Kevin Pangburn, Kentucky DOC.

Montgomery County Corrections

Montgomery County, Maryland Department of Correction and Rehabilitation
video on that institution’s MAT Program

Massachusetts Department of Corrections

Brief descriptions of some Prison and Jail MAT Programs

Kentucky Prison, Massachusetts Prison, Philadelphia Jail, Rhode Island Prison,
West Virginia Prison, Wisconsin, Sacramento Jail, New Haven and Bridgeport Jails (Administered by state DOC), Kenton County, Kentucky Jail, Montgomery County, Maryland Jail, Barnstable County, Massachusetts Jail, Middlesex County, New York City Jail, and Salt Lake City Jail

Medication Assisted Treatment Programs In Vermont State Corectional Facilities

This report reviews state correctional MAT programs in VT, MA, NH, MO, RI & KY, and includes the latest cost and recidivism data from most of them.


Report on New Hampshire DOC MAT in Custody
Naltrexone Program

"A Rehab Jail for Heroin Addicts" in Franklin County Massachusetts

Franklin County and the Greenfield, Massachusetts community addresses the opioid crisis with an innovative approach to treatment. The Franklin County Jail is one of the only corrections facilities in the country offering suboxone to its clients.

RSAT Jail Program Tour

What Inmates Tell us About RSAT

  • Wednesday, March 25, 2019

  • Reentry Strategies for Housing & Employment 

  • Addicts at High Risk of Contracting Coronavirus

    Homeless, those sleeping in crowded shelters or people with other health conditions — such as hepatitis C, HIV or lung disease — are high risk, said Dr. Daniel Solomon, an infectious disease physician who works at the Brigham Health Bridge Clinic for patients with substance use disorders. For recovering addicts, anxiety about COVID-19 can have a “triggering effect” that can lead to relapse, said James McKowen, a psychologist and clinical director of the Addiction Recovery Management Service at Massachusetts General Hospital, which is moving toward treatment via telemedicine, phone calls and group-based video conferencing to reduce the risk of transmission.

  • SAMHSA Letter to Mental Health Commissioners

    ALERT! SAMHSA clarified that state Community Mental Health Services Block Grants (MHBG) can be used for the care and treatment of incarcerated persons with serious mental illness in prison and jail. RSAT programs serving persons with co-occurring mental illness might qualified for this funding.

  • Naloxone Videos You Can Use

    Here are some helpful videos on Naloxone administration. The first is for Law Enforcement Roll Call, the next is Instructions for Administering NARCAN, and the last is whole series of short videos on Naloxone Training & Education.

  • Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Jails and Prisons: A Planning and Implementation Toolkit

    The National Council for Behavioral Health and Vital Strategies’ newly released Toolkit is a Call to Action for correctional administrators and health care providers to adopt MAT programs in correctional settings. The toolkit provides real world examples, resources and tools to reduce the risk of opioid overdose through an overview of policies, procedures and evidence-based practices, develop an action plan to create workflows related to screening and assessment, medication dispensing and care planning and coordination, and support a continuity of care for justice-involved individuals with opioid use disorders that promotes recovery and prevents recidivism.

  • Drug Tests Shed Light on Meth and Fentanyl Use in America

    Not only is use of methamphetamines and fentanyl increasing but in 19 western states, methamphetamine OD deaths topped fentanyl and other opioids.

  • The Number of US Alcohol Deaths per Year has Doubled Since 1999

    Lest we forget, more died in 2017 from alcohol than opioid use disorder and it is getting worse.

  • The National Sheriffs' Association Supports the Use of FDA Approved and Evidence-Based Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorder in County Jails

    In December 2016, as part of the 21st Century Cures Act, Congress appropriated $500 million in grants to the states to treat OUD , which can then be passed down to providers as well as local and tribal governments. This and other funding can be utilized to provide treatment, including MAT, to justice-involved populations.

  • A New Year’s Gift: CMS implements Medicare as an additional payor for MAT services from Opioid Treatment Programs

    January 1, 2020, under the Calendar Year (CY) 2020 Physician Fee Schedule final rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will pay Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) through bundled payments for opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment services in an episode of care provided to people with Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance).

  • Reintegration Barriers Lead to Poorer Physical and Mental Health for Formerly Incarcerated

    Reentry efforts need to expand beyond focusing on recidivism, but address the many needs of persons reentering the community, including housing, employment, child care and behavior health. Increasing depression following release can increase reintegration barriers which, in turn, increase poor health, constituting a “negative feedback loop.”

  • Integrating Treatment for Co-Occurring Mental Health Conditions

    This article reviews the prevalence of co-occurring Alcohol Use Disorder and MHCs, screening tools to identify individuals with symptoms of AUD and Mental Health Conditions, and subsequent assessment of co-occurring disorders. Types of integrated treatment and current challenges to integrate treatment for co-occurring disorders effectively are reviewed. Innovative uses of technology to improve education on co-occurring disorders and treatment delivery are also discussed. Systemic challenges exist to providing integrated treatment in all treatment settings, and continued research is needed to determine ways to improve access to treatment.

  • Medication-assisted Treatment Inside Correctional Facilities

    Short guide for implementing MAT in jails and prisons with emphasis on preventing diversion and quality control for continuing care post-release, issued by SAMHSA and BJA.

  • Social Factors Are Primary Impediments To Managing Care For High-Cost Medicaid Beneficiaries

    This report reminds us that successful medical care, including drug treatment, will be undermined by social factors. The biggest barriers are reported to be transportation to medical appointments, lack of stable housing and inconsistent access to food and basic resources. All of these should be addressed in reentry planning.

  • Latest Information on Methamphetamine

    SAMHSA’s 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that methamphetamine is becoming an increasingly used substance across the US, with alarming escalations of use among individuals 26+ years and older. According to these same statistics, methamphetamines was being used by almost twice as many men as women in 2017 but women have increased their use in 2018. To find out more about the growing problems of methamphetamine, check out NIDA’s website.

  • HIV Epidemic to Follow Opioid Epidemic

    A cluster of 74 cases of HIV among individual heroin users sharing needles in West Virginia may be a harbinger of a long feared opioid caused HIV epidemic. Called the nightmare everyone is worried about, this is the largest number of HIV cases since 2015 in Indiana. The answer is expanded OUD treatment and a treatment known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to stamp out new infections.

  • Second Chance Act Pay for Success Initiative: Outcomes-based Contracting To Lower Recidivism and Homelessness FY 2019 Competitive Grant Solicitation

    The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for state, local, and tribal governments to implement outcomes-based contracts with reentry and permanent supportive housing service providers to improve recidivism, housing and related outcomes for formerly incarcerated people. This program furthers the Department’s mission by reducing recidivism and building more effective service delivery systems that pay for outcomes.

  • 10 Warning Signs of Suicidal Inmates

    CorrectionsOne lists 10 signs for suicidal incarcerated persons. The 4th is substance abuse, including those with strong fear of withdrawal.

  • Best Practices in the Justice System for Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

    This collection of articles by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals published in the Journal for Advancing Justice includes descriptions of model prison MAT programs in NJ, RI, MA & KY.

  • Cultivating Change: How the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office and the Restoring Promise Initiative Are Transforming Incarceration for Young Men

    The jail has a separate pod for all offenders between the ages of 18-24. In it, trained correctional officers and staff have created a program tailored to the positive development of young men with the assistance of the VERA Institute of Justice. The Sheriff admits many thought he was crazy to put in one pod the offenders responsible for most of the disciplinary problems in the jail, including gang rivalries. However, as this report indicates, the results have been terrific on every level.

  • Use of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Criminal Justice Settings

    This is SAMHSA’s version of the earlier work released by the National Sheriffs’ Association and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. It has a succinct review of the research and additional examples of MAT programs in criminal justice settings including jails and prisons. The latter includes New Jersey and Philadelphia’s large buprenorphine induction prison and jail programs.

  • Overdose Crisis Not Limited to Opioids

    New Massachusetts study found in over 2,000 opioid related overdoses only 17% only ingested opioids. Most mixed with cocaine and methamphetamines. Many not addicted to opioids, thought they were ingesting cocaine only.

  • US Buprenorphine Prices: A Complete List

    Filter obtained the attached list of US prices for different forms of buprenorphine formulations and brands. The list was provided by Elsevier, a global information and analytics company. If you program has not checked prices recently, you may be paying too much for your buprenorphine medications for both withdrawal management or medication-assisted treatment.

  • Promising Practices Archive

Information on Effective Cognitive Behavioral Approaches


Additional RSAT Guides & References

Introduction to Trauma and Trauma-Informed Approaches for RSAT Staff

Preventing, Detecting and Treating HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis: Health Promotion and Risk/Harm Reduction in Substance Abuse Treatment

A Comprehensive Listing of What States Cover for Substance Use Disorder, including Medications

New Manual on
Health Literacy

Once they obtain health coverage, RSAT participants need to maximize the benefits offered in terms of preventive and primary care to promote both better physical and behavioral health.

Recent Medication-Assisted Treatment Studies Relevant to Corrections

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