Worcester County has partnered with the Wicomico County Health Department to provide methadone treatment and counseling to pregnant inmates suffering from addiction. The goal is to help treat the inmates and ensure that their babies are born without drugs in their systems.
Health officials like, Michelle Hardy, say its not uncommon for health departments to treat inmates because although the federal government supports this effort, it’s a service that is not reimbursable by Medicaid.
“We have been the only methadone program on the Eastern Shore for several years. Its just more recently that a couple of other programs have moved into the area. Its a service that is not reimbursable by Medicaid.”
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Learn more about the ways local jails are partnering with public and private entities to deliver innovative services to help inmates and the communities they return to at the MACo Winter Conference session “No Jail is an Island.”
The MACo Winter Conference will be held December 6-8, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, Maryland. This year the conference’s theme is “The Power of Partnership.”
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