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).
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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).
Fred Viola moved into the law enforcement field in 2002. He spent three years as a group supervisor at the Nevada County Juvenile Hall and then moved into the position of Probation Officer where he currently works with adult offenders. As the Correction Department began to implement Evidence Based Practice, Fred began meeting with his clients to focus on reaching others by building a support group. Project H.E.A.R.T. Inc. (Holding Excellence Above Relapse Team) was formed and began building trusting relationships and friendships with those struggling with life destabilizing issues.
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