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Future Topics and Presenters


Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Time: 2:00 PM ET - 3:00 PM ET
Presenters: Niki Miller
Title of Presentation: Treating Clients with Methamphetamine and Stimulant Use Disorder
Description: In recent years, there has been alarming growth in methamphetamine (meth) and cocaine use and their involvement in overdose fatalities. In 2004, they were the most common illicit drugs used by state and federal prison inmates and convicted jail inmates. However, usage steadily declined among arrestees for more than a decade and was overtaken by opioids. The “meth problem” never really disappeared, and it began to accelerate around 2013, a trend that is expected to continue. There have also been steep increases in cocaine overdose deaths, mainly driven by its use in combination with opioids (75% of the time), whereas half of meth deaths involve opioids, but fatalities attributed to methamphetamine alone are also on the rise. Currently, there are no FDA-approved medications for treatment, nor antidotes that can prevent stimulant overdose fatality.

RSAT programs, especially in eastern states, may be faced with growing meth use among clients with opioid use disorder (OUD), including those receiving MAT, as well as growing numbers of chronic meth users. However, successfully treating individuals in RSAT programs who use meth and other stimulants is not only possible, it also can be achieved without separate dedicated programs or drastic departures from evidence-based behavioral interventions already in place.

This webinar will introduce the new RSAT manual designed to help staff integrate specific approaches that have been successful with clients involved with meth and other stimulants – building upon the experience of many correctional systems west of the Mississippi.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify at least one reason RSAT clients with OUD may initiate methamphetamine and/or other stimulant use and integrate approaches to mitigate the associated risks
  • Explain the profound psychological and cognitive consequences of chronic meth use and list at least two accommodations staff may need to apply to the delivery of RSAT programming
  • Locate three examples of manualized treatments, evidence-based interventions, or correctional programs that offer resources to help RSAT programs integrate best practices

Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Time: 2:00 PM ET - 3:00 PM ET
Presenters: Alex Duncan, Pew Charitable Trusts
Title of Presentation: Opioid Use Disorder Treatment and Reentry Best Practices with Short Jail Stays
Description: To reduce the risk of opioid overdose and death when reentering the community after incarceration, individuals with opioid use disorder who are incarcerated should have access to jail-provided medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) – methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone – and are promptly connected to services in the community upon release. Planning for reentry from jail is challenging under normal circumstances but is even more challenging when people are admitted and released within days. On January 1, 2017, New Jersey implemented criminal justice reform which shifted the state away from cash bail and set deadlines for timely indictment and disposition of criminal charges. Under this new system, people are released from jail quite rapidly, leaving little time to provide OUD treatment within the jail and to plan for continuity of OUD treatment in the community.

Hudson County, NJ recently created the Department of Housing and Community Reintegration to coordinate reentry. The Department houses all county housing resources, including the county Housing and Urban Development office; operates portions of Medicaid; oversees the clinical network of care; and has over 80 intensive case managers. The Department formed the Division of Reentry, moving reentry from a programmatic endeavor to a recognized piece of government armed with all county resources to ensure successful reentry to the community. The goals of the Division of Reentry, under the leadership of its first Division Chief, Jacqueline Jetter, is to help coordinate all community reentry services, including services co-located at critical points of contact for people reentering the community, avoid incarceration, and facilitate diversion.

The purpose of this webinar is to discuss common characteristics of successful MOUD and reentry programs and will highlight the jail reentry program in Hudson County, NJ.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Define characteristics of successful jail MOUD programs
  • Describe why continuity of care is important
  • List components of a comprehensive reentry program
  • Identify ways to incorporate aspects of Hudson County, NJ’s reentry program into their facility's reentry program

Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Time: 2:00 PM ET - 3:00 PM ET
Presenters: Andy Klein, Ph.D.
Title of Presentation: Investigation of the Cumberland County Jail
Description: TBA

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
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