The expansion of Medicaid to all halfway house residents in 2016 has motivated former incarcerees to seek medical help for chronic behavioral health and substance abuse problems that might otherwise have led to recidivism, according to an Urban Institute study.
As of 2016, Texas prisons were providing dentures only to 71 inmates of a population of 149,000. Now, the state will become what’s believed to be the first in the U.S. to 3-D-print dentures for inmates on site.
The nation seems to be emerging from the “long tunnel” of the opioid crisis, but substituting medical marijuana as an alternative form of care may land us in a “fog of extensive, additional public health repercussions,” warn Arizona researchers.
The growing population of offenders with mental health or substance abuse issues is a nationwide problem, but it’s especially challenging in rural communities. One Wisconsin jail has risen to the challenge.
Most Americans seem willing to accept that opioid addiction should be treated as a disease rather than a criminal offense. But the wide variety and quality of treatment and rehab facilities in the US means we should now double down on efforts to investigate which ones really perform, says an addiction expert.
Researchers who screened 4,100 people in jail, on probation or assigned to drug courts in Colorado found a high number with brain injuries, compared with eight percent of the general population. Those with the most serious impairments are being offered treatment options.