Upcoming Host Site Visit

Host SIte:
Pennsylvania Department of Correction, SCI Greene
Date: Tuesday, September 27 - Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Description: On September 27 and 28 of this year, the State Correctional Institution (SCI) Greene in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania has partnered with RSAT TTA to graciously offer an exciting training opportunity. This training will showcase two model programs that should be of great interest to state RSAT coordinators, prison and jail RSAT administrative, medical, security and treatment staffs. The first program is SCI Greene’s Opioid Use Disorder MAT program that provides long-acting injectable buprenorphine as well as oral buprenorphine/naloxone and extended released injectable naltrexone to eligible individuals.

The second is a peer program that trains incarcerated individuals to become peer recovery specialists. Upon completion of the training and successfully passing the certification exam, individuals will become Certified Peer Specialists (CPS). RSAT TTA will make arrangements for a select number of two-person teams from interested RSAT programs with the desire to begin or expand existing MAT and CPS programming within their facilities.

For a additional information about the site visit training and link to apply online, view the description


Future Webinar Topics and Presenters

Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Time: 2:00 PM ET - 3:00 PM ET
Presenters: Sheila McCarthy, CCI; Spencer Geiger, CCI; Kimberly Green, Albany County Sheriff's Office
Title of Presentation: The Importance of Building Partnerships between Jails and Treatment Courts
Description: Previously, RSAT funding could only target individuals sentenced long enough to complete 90-day programs in jails and six-month programs in state prisons or juvenile correctional facilities. New funding will allow for short-term programs for individuals awaiting trial who need substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. RSAT pretrial services allow programs the exciting opportunity to offer individuals awaiting trial the chance to initiate treatment, access life-saving medications for opioid and alcohol use disorders and begin appropriate psychiatric medications for co-occurring mental health disorders. This expansion in funding creates a unique opportunity for RSAT programs to leverage local treatment courts and create relationships that can easily facilitate referrals. The Center for Court Innovation, along with a Certified Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) from Albany County Corrections & Rehabilitative Services Center, will facilitate this one-hour training on how to build and enhance collaboration between jails, local treatment courts, and community providers to best treat individuals who have SUDs. By building collaborative partnerships, individuals will have access to treatment and continuity of care through the criminal justice system while securing treatment alternatives to prevent further incarceration.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Participants will learn the basics of what treatment courts are and how jail staff can be a part of the team
  • Understand the importance of how jails can ensure access to treatment and continuity of care
  • Learn ways that jails can partner with treatment courts to screen and refer potential participants with substance use disorder



Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Time: 2:00 PM ET - 3:00 PM ET
Presenters: Andrew Klein, PhD, Senior Scientist, AHP; Bruce Herdman, PhD, Chief of Medical Operations, Philadelphia Department of Prisons
Title of Presentation: The Impact of Substance Use Disorder in Jail and Prison Suicide Prevention
Description: This webinar will explore the overlaps in substance use disorder and suicide in correctional settings. It will look at recent trends in suicide deaths in both jails and prisons and how they may be tied to substance use disorder. Dr. Andrew Klein will present case studies of suicide prevention efforts in both jails and prisons through substance use disorder treatment. The impacts of access to medication for opioid use disorder and withdrawal protocols will also be considered. Dr. Bruce W. Herdman will join the webinar to speak about suicide prevention at the Philadelphia Department of Prisons.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify two differences between suicides in jails versus prisons
  • Understand the two major differences between SUD and suicide in the general population versus jails and prisons
  • Identify three suicide prevention measures for use in jails and prisons
Registration coming soon!

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