Effective immediately, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is introducing a new opioid treatment program for qualifying inmates who have completed withdrawal protocols while at the Jefferson County detentions facility. Upon their imminent release from jail, eligible inmates can participate in a voluntary medication assisted treatment (MAT) program to obtain Vivitrol, a non-addictive, long-acting blocking medication that helps reduce opioid cravings and prevent relapses.
The Sheriff’s Office contracts with Correct Care Solutions to provide medical and psychiatric health services in the jail. In addition to administering Vivitrol, staff with Correct Care Solutions also connect participating inmates with local medical and mental health providers to help ensure individuals involved in the MAT program can continue their Vivitrol treatment regimen outside the detentions facility.
Sheriff Jeff Shrader explains that “the goal of providing Vivitrol to eligible inmates is twofold. In addition to helping prevent their relapse into opioid addiction after their release, we also hope to end the cycle of recidivism for as many as possible of the approximately 75% of our inmates who have a substance abuse problem.”
“Correct Care Solutions (CCS) is proud to partner with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office on this program,” said Dr. Judd Bazzel, Chief Medical Officer for Correct Care Solutions. “With more than 400 sites around the country, no one does more to help individuals detox than CCS. Initiatives like the Vivitrol program are science-backed, and medically-assisted treatments are the best hope we have to curb the opioid epidemic.”
The Vivitrol MAT program complements the Sheriff’s Office’s efforts to provide a 30-day treatment and support program for eligible inmates with substance addictions through the recently established Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) at the jail. The BHU is designed to reduce recidivism by providing inmates who volunteer for this special housing opportunity with the necessary programs, trainings, and resources to deter bad behaviors and stay healthy once they leave the facility.