Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $1,650,000)
The Denver Sheriff Department of the City and County of Denver proposes to implement the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Expansion Program. The purpose is to increase the number of incarcerated individuals with access to MAT induction or maintenance while incarcerated in Denver Sheriff Department facilities and increase connections to MAT and other clinically indicated substance use treatment after release from Denver Sheriff Department custody. Project activities include increasing Denver Health and Hospital Authority MAT nursing, therapeutic case worker, and case coordination staffing; expanding programming in the MAT Treatment Pods; and improving transitions from jail-based to community treatment services by bringing additional treatment providers into the jail and referring releasing individuals to sober living. Expected outcomes include the expansion of MAT services to all interested and clinically appropriate individuals with opiate use disorder, regardless of prescription verification or sentencing status; improved transitions from jail-based MAT treatment to community-based treatment and recovery support services; and the expansion of programming in the MAT Treatment Pods. Denver Health and Hospital Authority will be the contractor under the proposed program.