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Health and Harm Reduction In the Correctional Setting

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John Jay College’s Moot Court

524 West 59th St

New York, New York 10019

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The From Punishment to Public Health (P2PH) initiative at John Jay College is partnering with the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) and the Legal Action Center (LAC) to host a full-day conference event exploring opportunities to improve and expand health and harm reduction options in New York State Prisons operated by the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS). In August, the New York Times reported on the lack of medication-assisted treatment programs in U.S. prisons, emphasizing that out of the nation’s 5,100 jails and prisons, fewer than 30 offer opioid users the most proven method of recovery. Several county jails and state prisons are gradually integrating MAT as a treatment option to address the growing need, and Rikers’ own Key Extend Entry Program (KEEP) is heralded as a model for replication.

The event will open with a keynote address from Homer Venters, the Director of Programs at Physicians for Human Rights. Followed by a brief overview of the state of the art in Medication Assistance Treatment from a medical perspective. Several panels will then discuss the current state of health and harm reduction in New York State facilities, innovations in nearby states and internationally, and the importance of linking to a continuum of care upon discharge back to the community. Senator Gustavo Rivera will offer a closing summation of the day’s discussion.

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