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Parole Recovery Opportunity: Community Pathways Program

Award Information

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Competitive Discretionary
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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $850,000)

The Community Pathways program (Program) develops channels for the enhanced delivery of care to individuals with a substance use disorder (SUD) and other behavioral health disorders that are reentering the community under Massachusetts Parole Board (Parole) supervision. The Program works to increase communication, relationship building, and connectedness between Parole staff, supervised individuals, and community providers. By developing and nurturing relationships that adhere to the needs of individuals on parole, the Program maximizes resources available to Parole Officers while improving positive health outcomes, community tenure, and success. The Program includes: ongoing customized training curriculum around SUD, behavioral health disorders, and medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) for Parole staff to ensure proper specialized training and education regularly; continuous development and ongoing engagement with community providers to enhance the delivery of, and access to, care for supervised individuals with SUD and mental health needs while breaking down barriers impacting needed care; and regular/routine access to consultative clinical and pharmacological resources from UMass Chan Medical School for Parole.

Date Created: September 18, 2023