Lauranne Howard, MA, LCDP
Coordinator of Substance Use Disorder Issues
18 Wilma Schesler Lane
Cranston, RI 02920
It is estimated that 70-90% of the population has a significant history of substance use disorders. It is further estimated that 20% of this population has issues with opioid use. The provision of community health focused recovery services for individuals with substance use disorders is a high priority for the RIDOC. As a matter of public safety, the Department endeavors to treat all individuals with substance use disorders while they are incarcerated with a focus on recovery. Linkage to follow-up care and recovery support is also deemed to be an essential aspect of the Department’s treatment approach. The Department’s goal is to be an integral part of statewide efforts to develop a community health response to substance use disorder, the opioid crisis, and the behavioral health needs of offenders.
The RIDOC’s substance use disorder treatment programs have been ongoing since 1989. During this time, utilizing both Federal and State dollars, the RIDOC has contracted with external vendors for the provision of treatment, recovery, and more recently Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) services. The earliest programs emphasized group counseling in an outpatient format. In 1992, the RIDOC refocused its treatment programs to include a residential treatment model. Currently RIDOC utilizes a four-tier model, the highest being a modified residential therapeutic community, the second is a day-treatment model, the third is counseling groups, and the fourth is recovery services and peer support.
The RIDOC is aware that the field of substance use disorder treatment has advanced and treatment for addiction is evolving. In keeping with best practices and evidenced-based treatment, substance use disorder treatment and recovery services within the RIDOC are comprehensive, stressing behavioral change to promote public safety and reduce recidivism. Treatment is individualized and directed at individuals accepting responsibility for both their crimes and their recovery, with the dual goal of relapse prevention and the reduction of criminal recidivism.
If you or someone you know needs help with an opiate use problem call (401) 942-STOP or visit http://preventoverdoseri.org/get-help/.