• Substance Use Treatment in Jails: Current Issues and Recommendations 

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimates that in 2014, 21.5 million people in the United States age twelve and older had at least one substance use disorder (SUD), as cited in Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ; 2015).


  • Opiate Use: The Tip of the Iceberg for Adults in Jail

    Law enforcement officials and public health professionals are currently concentrating their efforts on reducing opiate use, and for good reason, but they may be overlooking even more prevalent substance use disorders (SUDs).


Amy  Asher

Amy Asher graduated from California State University, Chico with a Bachelor Degree in Social Work.  She began her career with the Butte County Probation Department as a social work intern and moved up the ranks to a Probation Officer III.  She has over ten years of experience in the field of Probation and has supervised adult high risk caseloads, worked in Drug Court and Proposition 36, as well as worked in Adult Criminal Investigations.  In 2001, Amy pursued other career interests where she began her work as a social worker and educator in the field of geriatrics.  However, in 2011, she was given an opportunity to return to the field of corrections.  In response to the new Prison Realignment legislation, Amy began working for the Butte County Sheriff’s Office and assisted with the opening of their Day Reporting Center.  She helped create and run the programming component where participants attended evidence based groups and received vocational/educational services while serving their county prison terms. In 2012, Amy returned to the Butte County Probation Department where she is now responsible for the coordination of many of adult programs offered at the Butte County Probation Department.  Amy is also currently assigned to a juvenile Wraparound/Waiver caseload.   She is also a group facilitator and instructor in Strengthening Families which is offered to the families participating in the Wraparound program.