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NIH Network on Opioid Addiction Treatment in Criminal Justice

Three essential hospitals will join the National Institutes of Health’s Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN) to research quality addiction treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) in criminal justice settings.

Twelve institutions — including association members Baystate Medical Center, in Springfield, Mass., the University of Chicago, in Chicago, and the University of Kentucky, in Lexington, Ky. — will receive an estimated $155 million from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

As JCOIN research institutions, Baystate and the University of Kentucky each will work with five or more communities to mitigate gaps in OUD treatment in jails, drug courts, problem-solving courts, policing and diversion, re-entry, and probation and parole. Research topics include:

  • the effectiveness and adoption of new OUD medications;
  • state mandates on medication services and drug courts; and
  • processes to engage and retain people in OUD treatment, such as telehealth, patient navigation, and peer recovery services.

As the methodology and advanced analytic resource center, the University of Chicago will contribute data infrastructure and cross-site data synchronization.

America’s Essential Hospitals has established a resource page for the opioid epidemic.

Contact NIDA at 301.443.6245 with questions.


About the Author

Emily Schweich is a communications manager at America's Essential Hospitals.

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