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Mental Health and Recovery Services for Inmates in Ashland County

Mental Health and Recovery Services for Inmates in Ashland County
December 07, 2021

Although it hasn’t been making headline news lately, the opioid crisis is still a real and present concern across the country. According to the CDC, “Over 70% of drug overdose deaths in 2019 involved an opioid,” and our incarceration attempts to combat this crisis and crack down on drug usage have not been effective at reducing the overdose rate.

Ashland County is not immune to this crisis. The Mental Health and Recovery Board is committed to helping those who struggle with addiction and those who are currently incarcerated receive the treatment services they need to find hope and recovery.

Recovery Support for the Incarcerated

The majority of inmates in jails across the state of Ohio suffer from some form of substance use disorder. In fact, according to a U.S. Department of Justice Special Report, “Data from 2007 to 2009’s National Inmate Surveys estimated that 58 percent of people incarcerated in state prisons and 63 percent of people serving sentences in jails met the criteria for a substance use disorder.”

Without appropriate treatment or support, this situation aggravates and even fuels the number of opioid deaths in Ohio. The Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County funds robust mental health, substance use, and crisis services at the jail to combat this issue. Through the MHRB, individuals can begin Medication-Assisted Treatment, or MAT, while they are incarcerated.

MAT is extremely effective in reducing the rates of overdoses: “Studies conducted throughout the United States and abroad show that MAT saves lives. One found a 74% decrease in all-cause mortality among currently incarcerated people receiving MAT and an 85% dip in all-cause mortality amongst people recently released from incarceration,” according to the ACLU of Ohio.

Post-Incarceration Support

Individuals who begin MAT while incarcerated in Ashland County also receive support to continue their treatment and recovery program once released back into the community. This is a critical component to adequate treatment and overdose prevention, because the chances of an individual dying from an overdose after being released from prison is significantly higher than the general public, anywhere from 40 to 129 times more likely.

With MAT and other mental health and crisis services in place in our jail, individuals who are incarcerated have ready access to services that can help them change course and turn their lives around. And once individuals are released, Jail-Community Linkage Services, also funded by MHRB, allow individuals to easily follow-up with community-based mental health and substance use services, so they can continue their pathway to a better and more healthier life.

MHRB provides support beyond the jail to help members of our community combat alcohol and drug abuse at every age and stage of life. You can find more information, resources, and help regarding substance use disorders on the MHRB of Ashland County website.

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