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Expanding Access to Opioid Use Disorder Treatment During and After Incarceration
At the end of Jan. '23, CMS approved California’s 1115 waiver to use Medicaid to pay for certain health care services inside correctional facilities during the last 90 days of a person’s incarceration. This is the first time that federal Medicaid can be used to pay for care for people transitioning home from jails and prisons. However, correctional institutions in California will now need to implement this new policy. And to have an impact nationally, more states will have to apply for similar 1115 waivers.

FORE grantees are showing how both the new challenges of implementation as well as expansion to other states can be met. One has been leveraging telemedicine to deliver medications for opioid use disorder (OUD) to inmates at rural detention centers in Maryland and ensuring continuity of care upon release. Another supports women with OUD who are leaving prison with the aim of helping them avoid overdose and improve their financial stability, parenting skills, and recovery. These are a few examples of what is needed to leverage this policy opportunity, expand access to OUD treatment, and improve outcomes for this population.

Please join us on Thursday, Mar. 23rd at 3p ET as we welcome…

Gabrielle de la Guéronnière, JD, Vice President of Health & Justice Policy
Grantee: Legal Action Center
Project: Leveraging Medicaid to Increase OUD Treatment Access for Justice-Involved People

Eric Weintraub, MD, Associate Professor
Captain Daniel Lasher, Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office
Grantee: University of Maryland School of Medicine
Project: Treatment with Buprenorphine through Telemedicine in a Rural Criminal Justice Setting

Hendrée Jones, PhD, Executive Director
Grantee: University of North Carolina – Horizons Program
Project: Jenna’s Project: Supporting Women’s Re-entry to Society from Prison and Re-connection with Children

… as they discuss policy implications and next steps after approval of California’s 1115 waiver and provide some recommendations for the field.

Mar 23, 2023 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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