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Mohave County Sheriff's Office - Training Room

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Michael C. White, MCJ
Director of Justice System Programs
Community Medical Services
https://communitymedicalservices.org/

Supporting Families, Pregnancy, High Risk Populations with Medication-Assisted Treatment

Community Medical Services (CMS) began providing Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) services in correctional settings over eight years ago. In 2010, Maricopa County Jail and Perryville Prison experienced an increase in pregnant female offenders that were suffering from Opioid Use Disorder. At that time a program was developed in which a clinician and medical provider would go into the facility to provide screenings, assessments, ordering and adjusting medications, and reentry services including arranging follow-up appointments for offenders upon release. Over the last decade CMS and Maricopa County Correctional Health have developed a model that can be implemented anywhere that system partners are willing to work together. Our Collective Impact Model with criminal justice has been replicated in Alaska Department of Corrections, Arizona Department of Corrections, North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Montana Department of Corrections, along with multiple county jails and drug courts throughout these states. The key in supporting these programs is to understand that all correctional facilities have unique cultures and available resources. Challenges of the programs will be discussed such as correctional staff ideologies not being supportive of MAT, difficult offenders, lack of funding, not having medical staff in facilities, and limited community resources. Audience members can expect to walk away from the presentation with an intermediate understanding of the three Food and Drug Administration approved medications used for Opioid Use Disorder, foundational elements of starting to support offenders in correctional facilities with MAT, and collective teams improving offender outcomes.

  • Training participants will learn how to implement Medication Assisted Treatment into their Problem-Solving Courts to better support participants.
  • Training participants will be provided national, state, and local data demonstrating the impacts of the Opioid crisis.
  • The presenter will discuss local strategies in utilizing Medication Assisted Treatment as a tool to support offenders and criminal justice programs to improve outcomes. Topics will include 24 hour support, medication storage, strategies around facilities with minimal resources.
  • Attendees will examine examples of Collective Impact, an integration model encouraging teams from different disciplines to provide wrap around services, a focus on reentry supports, coordinating warm hand offs to community providers, Peer Support, Moral Reconation Therapy, along with demonstrated outcomes.
  • An overview of current programs and strategies being discussed with the Department of Child Safety will be presented.
  • The presentation will also discuss state initiatives along with the State Targeted Response Grant and the Medication Assisted Treatment Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction Grant (MAT PDOA Grants).
  • Members will be educated with data supportive of families utilizing Medication Assisted treatment to improve rates of reunification.

About Michael White:

Michael White has worked in the field of substance abuse for over 8 years along with 2 years in family services. Michael specializes in program development between community agencies and judicial systems and has developed, implemented, and supported the integration of Medication Assisted Treatment into county and state correctional facilities located in Alaska, Arizona, Montana, and North Dakota. Michael graduated from Arizona State University with a Master’s in Criminal Justice. Mr. White has been spearheading an initiative from 2015-2018 developing a Collective Impact Model for opioid dependent individuals and the community systems that interact with the needs of this demographic. His experience also includes working within family courts, Department of Child Safety, and obtaining resources for pregnant women that are struggling with substance use disorders by collaborating with community partners. Michael is a national presenter in the areas of Collective Impact as an effective tool for the continuum of care, pregnancy and opioid dependence, along with utilizing Medication Assisted Treatment for incarcerated offenders. Mr. White studied at the University of South Florida, Iowa State University, Portland State University, and ultimately graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelors in Sociology and a master’s in criminal justice. In the past Mr. White has sat on the board for the Maricopa County Reentry Program and was a member of the Coconino County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. Currently Mr. White is associated with the Maricopa County Correctional Health Coalition, a board member of Sonoran Prevention Works, an executive board member of Hushabye Baby, and is honored with being appointed as a board member to Governor Ducey’s Substance Abuse Task Force.

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