Aug. 5, 2019 at 6:00 am Updated Aug. 5, 2019 at 11:45 pm
By Erasmus Baxter
Seattle Times staff reporter
CHEHALIS, Lewis County — John Lininger met with his doctor in a windowless exam room, the clinic separated by two thick metal doors from the 240 or so other inmates of the Lewis County jail.
Lininger, a 46-year-old carpenter, has been in and out of this jail repeatedly over the past nine years on charges that he says are driven by his opioid addiction. Past jail visits meant excruciating withdrawals: nausea, bone-deep pain and overwhelming cravings for opioids.
This time is different. He sits calm, alert, without a thought of using heroin. read more here....
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The 3rd Edition of the ANA Correctional Nursing Scope and Standards is coming for public comment in SEPTEMBER!! Stay tuned for more information! read more »
After three years, a San Francisco mental health program that can compel someone to receive outpatient treatment has shown success in reducing emergency care and jail stays.
More than half of those brought into the program, which requires a referral by a health care provider or family member, were recently homeless and nearly all had been treated recently by Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital’s Psychiatric Emergency Services.
A new evaluation of the assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) program, also known as Laura’s Law, shows that the 129 participants were costing a combined $485,000 monthly in city services before entering the program, but with the program, the cost dropped by 83 percent to $81,745 per month.
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Napa County won’t follow the county grand jury’s recommendation to consider redesigning the planned, new 304-bed jail to add a 32-bed section devoted solely to mental health therapeutic services. read more here
By Jerzy Shedlock, Columbian Breaking News Reporter
Published: July 25, 2019, 6:51 PM
Columbia River Mental Health Services announced Thursday it will be working toward a partnership with the Clark County Jail to provide treatment for opioid addiction in the correctional facility.
If the plan comes to fruition, the jail would be the first in Washington with a certified opioid treatment program, according to officials who spoke at the re-entry provider meeting at the Public Service Center in Vancouver. Opioids include heroin and prescription pain medications. Read More here
During its meeting July 7-8, the NACCHO Board of Directors approved the policy statements listed below.
Policy statements inform and support NACCHO's national advocacy for local health departments and programmatic work. They also support the local voice in policy development, programs, and stakeholder education. NACCHO encourages local health departments to use these policy recommendations as models for their communities. Most policy statements are drafted by NACCHO workgroups and informed by workgroup discussions. Individual members are also invited to submit policy statements to be considered by the relevant workgroup and the Board of Directors. All of NACCHO's current policy statements can be found here.
Note: This document was updated on July 23, 2019, to include objections and evidence-based responses that are often raised in correctional justice settings.
Californians struggling with substance use, including opioid use disorder (OUD), should be screened for these illnesses wherever they seek help; those with OUD can be treated immediately and referred for ongoing care. California is building a “no wrong door” health care system, ensuring that medications for addiction treatment are widely available in emergency departments and hospitals, primary care and mental health clinics, jails and prisons, residential treatment programs, and other care settings. The need is urgent, since fentanyl (an extremely potent street drug) is increasingly responsible for overdose deaths for users of opioids and stimulants; fentanyl overdose deaths have more than quadrupled in California between 2014 and 2017. To read more
By Rachel Looker Jul. 22, 2019
In Clackamas County, Ore., inmates who are being released from the county jail don’t have to look far to receive help transitioning back to life outside of prison.
The Clackamas County Transition Center is the first of its kind in the region and provides a wide variety of services for justice-involved individuals in a location that is hard to miss.
“We are right across the parking lot from the jail,” said Kelli Zook, the former Transition Center coordinator.
According to Clackamas County Chief Deputy Jenna Morrison, when inmates are released, they physically walk past the transition center on their way out of the Clackamas County Jail. READ MORE
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Since the state’s public safety realignment in 2011, sheriffs have used criminal legal reform as a scapegoat for their failure to maintain safe jails—and recent reporting has given county officials a free pass to make that excuse.
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Behavioral Wellness Commission to Submit Report Outlining Potential Solutions
By Delaney Smith | Fri Jul 19, 2019 | 11:55am
There are currently 821 mentally ill inmates statewide who are deemed incompetent to stand trial but are stuck in California jails waiting to receive treatment in Department of State Hospitals facilities. Until beds become available, they have to go without treatment — sometimes for months.