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8301BB3B444FF5A7872584470062FA65 Hearing Summary




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BILL SUMMARY For LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSPECTIVE

INTERIM COMMITTEE  OPIOID AND OTHER SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS
Date Jul 30, 2019      
Location Old State Library



Local Law Enforcement Perspective - Committee Discussion Only


12:01:09 PM  

Lieutenant Staci Shaffer, Colorado Jail Association, discussed the perspective of local law enforcement.  Lieutenant Shaffer shared stories of inmates who have undergone MAT and the positive outcomes that have resulted.  She noted the efficacy of MAT programs in jails.

12:03:21 PM  

Lieutenant Shaffer discussed the treatment gaps that currently exists.  She noted that a significant barrier to offering MAT is a lack of treatment providers in near rural jails.  Lieutenant Shaffer stressed the importance of community support for jail-based SUD treatment.

12:07:18 PM  

Lieutenant Shaffer made a recommendation that Colorado apply for a statewide Medicaid waiver to allow inmates to be enrolled in Medicaid 30 days before release from incarceration to ensure continuum of care. Senator Kennedy asked about other states' success in obtaining a waiver.

12:11:14 PM  

Representative Wilson asked about inmates with SUD that choose not to participate in MAT, and if data is available on their outcomes. Discussion ensued.






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