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School of Social Work - Center for Behavioral Health and Justice - Wayne State University

Hear from communities across the state who are implementing processes to provide medications for opioid use disorder within their county jails and leading community-based initiatives to expand the broader treatment ecosystem. Two free social work continuing education (CE) credits will be available to those who attend the Summit on May 5. Instructions for earning CEs will be included in the confirmation email you receive after completing registration for this event. Register for the event


CBHJ receives funding to expand telehealth capabilities in Michigan county jails.
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Federal, state, and local grants are available for emergent behavioral health needs related to COVID-19 and to sustain ongoing efforts.
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CBHJ develops support teams for jail clinicians across the state.
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Opioid Treatment Ecosystem News

OTE Feb 2020 Update:
County Readiness and Michigan Comparisons

OTE Program Report:
Proactive Response to Overdose and Appropriate Connections to Treatment (PROACT)

COP Resource:
Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) Infographic

National leaders call for methadone, buprenorphine and naloxone in correctional facilities

On April 3, 2020, a groundbreaking open letter—signed by current or former elected sheriffs, district attorneys and other law enforcement and criminal justice officials and leaders from across the US—called for increased access to methadone, buprenorphine, and naloxone in jails and prisons.  Among the 58 signatures are Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton, Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Siemon, and Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth. Read the letter

Using emotional intelligence as a tool to improve policing and corrections

Growing evidence suggests emotional intelligence (EQ) is a factor in predicting work performance that involves regular interpersonal contact with people—the cornerstone of the law enforcement profession. Utilizing emotional intelligence assists in providing better service to our communities and relationships with others in general. When progressive law enforcement agency leaders explore all available tools at their disposal to combat the current social disdain toward the police profession, a clearer understanding of emotional intelligence becomes essential. Learn more

“Why is this Happening?” podcast talks about the frontlines of addiction with author Beth Macy

From the board rooms of pharmaceutical companies to the living rooms across America, Beth Macy traces the path of devastation wrought by opioids. Her latest book, “Dopesick” gives life to the urgency of the epidemic, illustrating just how woefully insufficient the national response has been to the scale of the crisis. She lays out the often-insurmountable barriers that stand between someone suffering and the treatment they need, and why stigma may be the biggest obstacle of them all. Listen to the podcast

LEAD: A Model for Successful Diversion

Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) has the potential to decrease recidivism and assist individuals pursuing treatment, strengthen trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve, and increase overall public health—making all the hard work our law enforcement officers do more effective overall. Learn more

Diverting Defendants to Treatment in Massachusetts and Kentucky

Massachusetts and Kentucky have used treatment in their facilities to reduce overdose deaths and improve their communities overall with great success. In this video, program administrators describe the innovative tactics they have used and program participants describe their experience in the program and the impacts it has had on them. Watch the video

View the Opioid Treatment Ecosystem (OTE) April 2020 Newsletter online 

COVID-19 Resources

Emergent use of remote technology in jails and prisons and secure juvenile justice facilities during COVID-19

Continuity of care for opioid use disorder during COVID-19

Decreasing stigma and bias to minimize health disparities during the COVID-19 crisis

Resources for Behavioral Health and Criminal/Legal Institutions during the COVID-19 Outbreak

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Congratulations 2020 Social Work Warrior Grads

We encourage our Warrior Community to participate in our 2020 Virtual Graduation Celebration and help us welcome our May 2020 grads to the Social Work Warrior Alumni Family. Learn more

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The Center for Behavioral Health envisions communities in which research, data, and best practices are used by multiple stakeholders to enhance the optimal well-being of individuals with mental illness and/or substance use disorders who come in contact with the criminal/legal system.