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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)

WHO Recommendations: Interim Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions on Preparedness, Prevention and Control of COVID-19 in Prisons and Other Custody Settings
Urban Institute - Resources for Correctional Institutions Regarding COVID-19 includes resources for federal government, state government, counties and local government, international organizations, justice policy, research and/or advocacy organization and academic institutions.
NIC Coronavirus Information
American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) COVID-19 Resources
CSG Justice Center - Seven Questions About Reentry Amid COVID Confusion
The Marshall 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

Intake/Screening Protocol & Procedure Changes
Due to COVID-19 at the
Philadelphia Department of Prisons


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

Updated Fed Regulations for Methadone & Buprenorphine

The federal government has now made it easier for persons to access methadone and buprenorphine. Refer to the DEA 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.
  • In some circumstances, methadone may be delivered to quarantined patients by authorized personnel.
  • Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) can dispense and DATA-waivered practitioners can now prescribe buprenorphine to new patients with OUD for maintenance or detoxification treatment following an evaluation by telephone. There is no need for an in-person or telemedicine evaluation.
  • This should allow jails and prisons to connect persons requesting prescriptions for buprenorphine with DATA-waivered practitioners without requiring those practitioners to be on-site at a correctional facility.
  • These new regulations will remain in effect during the course of the pandemic according to the DEA and SAMHSA, unless otherwise specified.

Note: HIPAA violations will not be enforced during epidemic. On March 17, 2020, the Office of Civil Rights announced, effective immediately, that it will waive potential penalties for HIPAA violations against health care providers using non-HIPAA compliant communication technologies (i.e. FaceTime or Skype) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can find detailed information on the DEA policy and SAMHSA website.

Other National Correctional MAT Manuals and Resources

Pharmacotherapy plus CBT should be best practice for addiction treatment, data show
ASAM National Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of OUD-2020
Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Jails and Prisons: A Planning and Implementation Toolkit
The National Sheriffs' Association Supports the Use of FDA Approved and Evidence-Based Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorder in County Jails
A New Year’s Gift: CMS implements Medicare as an additional payor for MAT services from Opioid Treatment Programs
Medication-assisted Treatment Inside Correctional Facilities
Use of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Criminal Justice Settings
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

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

RSAT Program Spotlight

A brief glimpse of some great RSAT programs

  • The Topeka, Kansas Correctional Facility prioritizes its 48-bed program for the substance abuse population, uniquely staffed by licensed mental health professionals and community-based providers who deliver evidence-based treatment in group and individual sessions.
    For more info contact Crystal Speer at

  • The Taycheedah Correctional Institute in Wisconsin is a 14-bed program that provides a therapeutic community for women where issues such as grief, loss, domestic abuse, and coping skills are addressed through evidence-based individual and group work.
    For more info contact Jill E. Wolf at

  • The Nebraska Correctional Center for Women’s program assists participants in navigating the process of regaining custody of their children along with parenting and parental reunification classes.
    For more info contact Lori Keller at

  • The MonDay Community Correctional Institute in Ohio offers parenting classes as well as a monthly family meeting event for residents.
    For more info contact Mike Flannery at

  • The Turbeville Correctional Facility program is for young adult men (18 – 24) in South Carolina that provides education for participants and family members on the biology of substance use disorders, their effect on family relationships and how families can be support the treatment process.
    For more info contact Greg Mason at

  • Treatment of Stimulant Use Disorders

    The use of stimulants, Cocaine and Methamphetamine, is way up, including causing 40% of overdose deaths in 2018. This SAMHSA guide identifies evidence-based treatment, finding strong evidence for motivational interviewing, contingency management, community reinforcement approach, and cognitive behavioral therapy. The guide includes practice resources for each of these treatment approaches and examples and resources for evaluation and quality improvements.

  • Resurgent Methamphetamine use at Treatment Admission in the United States

    Methamphetamine use has been on the rise and is linked to the increase in opioid use. By 2017, 50.4% of methamphetamine overdose deaths involved opioids, suggesting that the rise in methamphetamine-related harms is linked to the ongoing opioid overdose epidemic in the United States.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Promising Practices Archive


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

"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

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