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UMass Medical School partnering with Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island to improve treatment of substance use disorder in prison populations

To improve treatment of substance use disorder in prison and jail populations, UMass Medical School has teamed up with the departments of corrections in Connecticut and Rhode Island, and the sheriffs in the Massachusetts counties of Middlesex and Barnstable. This correctional health practice collaborative will help participants implement evidence-based approaches in correctional settings.

UMass Medical School report identifies effective practices, common barriers for coordinating care for patients with substance use disorders

UMass Medical School researchers studied how three Worcester community health providers integrate care for patients with substance use disorders to understand what practices work and where the challenges remain.  The study, funded by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) Foundation, indicates primary care teams that provide SUD treatment could improve quality and manage costs.

Julie White in The Huffington Post: Policy change paved the road to passing the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act

UMass Medical School criminal justice expert Julie White writes that it took a paradigm shift over 102 years to pass the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act (CARA), historic legislation that recognizes addiction is a disease and aims to provide services for prevention and recovery from substance abuse, in a blog on The Huffington Post.

Health and Criminal Justice Program leader to speak at U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy on addiction treatments for the incarcerated

The United States Office of National Drug Control Policy has invited a UMass Medical School Health and Criminal Justice Program leader to speak at an event about substance use disorder treatments for justice-involved populations at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., June 17.