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Brown: Researchers Awarded $10.8 Million Grant to Provide Opioid Treatment to Parolees and Those on Probation

Researchers from the Brown University School of Public Heath have been awarded a $10.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a treatment program for people in community-based justice supervision. The team from Brown will work with state and local partners to implement the pilot project. The project will be lead by principal investigator, Dr. Rosemarie Martin, an assistant professor of behavioral and social sciences at the School of Public Health.

Rhode Island leads the nation in providing treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) in its correctional facilities; first offering the program in 2016. A study showed that there was a 61 percent decrease in post incarceration deaths across the state, after the program was implemented. This pilot builds upon the success of the correctional treatment program by expanding treatment for those who are on parole or probation.

The pilot program will be a joint collaboration between Brown, the Department of Corrections, the University of Rhode Island and CODAC – which provides opiod use disorder (OUD) medications in New England. Researchers will work with probation and parole officers to provide them with training on how to identify someone who may be in need of treatment and how to get them that treatment. The team will also be working with community treatment partners and peer navigators – people who have experience with OUD and getting treatment, who can provide support to recipients of the program.

This grant is one of 12 that were awarded across the country, forming the Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN).

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