National Governors Association Workshops in Ohio and Louisiana Spotlight Medication Assisted Treatment in Criminal Justice System
Representatives from Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia participated in the workshops. Additionally, state officials from Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington served as faculty experts.
“NGA’s opioid program continues to support states in their efforts to address vulnerable populations, such as justice-involved individuals,” said Jeff McLeod, director of NGA Homeland Security and Public Safety. “We are honored to work with these nine states and their governor’s offices in seeking to strengthen MAT options, improve health outcomes, and maintain public safety in communities.”
“States are leading on expanding NGA Health access to MAT and ensuring a continuity of care in communities for returning residents,” said Hemi Tewarson, director of NGA Health. “We are so pleased to support governors and their teams to identify and implement innovative policies to reduce opioid-related overdoses and improve lives, through Medicaid and other programs.”“Corrections agencies across the country are mobilizing to address substance use disorder issues for incarcerated populations,” said Dr. Elizabeth Gondles, director of the Office of Correctional Health at ACA. “At these workshops, correctional leaders from these states built on existing partnerships with health and other state agencies and identified actionable next steps to take home to their states.”