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The medical treatment program addresses addiction, provides inmates resources after their release

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Image by Arline Lawless, Inmate at the Maine Correctional Center

WINDHAM, Maine — A pilot program offered by the Maine Department of Corrections has been successful thus far in rehabilitating inmates with an opioid use disorder.

Under the MDOC’s Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program, inmates with an opioid use disorder that are 90 days from their release date have the opportunity to choose a medication that will help them get off the drugs.

Officials are looking at expanding a pilot program offered by the Maine Department of Corrections to inmates living with an opioid use disorder. (Photo/MDOC)
Officials are looking at expanding a pilot program offered by the Maine Department of Corrections to inmates living with an opioid use disorder. (Photo/MDOC)

WGME reports that since the implementation of the MAT program in May, 60 inmates have enrolled and 40 have graduated. MDOC officials said 100% of the inmates who have graduated from the MAT program are actively participating in drug treatment after their release.

“This is no different that treating a diabetic or a patient with a chronic illness that needs treatment,” Maine DOC Deputy Commissioner Ryan Thornell told WGME. “There’s no reason we should not provide a treatment that we know, evidence tells us, works.”

Right now, the pilot costs $35,000 a month to run at four out of the DOC’s six facilities, according to WGME. Thornell is hopeful that the program will be expanded to two more state facilities by 2020.

“That’s going to take several million dollars to expand like that but this is a priority for the state of Maine,” Thronell told WGME. “I think we’re going to have large support to make that expansion when the time is right.”

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Maine State Prison – Kenneth McDonald – MDOC #114427
807 Cushing Road – Warren, Maine 04864-4600

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Maine State Prison – Daniel Fortune – MDOC #86753
807 Cushing Road – Warren, Maine 04864-4600

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Maine State Prison – Michael McQuade – MDOC #82448

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Write to Kenny via:
Maine State Prison – Kenneth McDonald – MDOC #114427
807 Cushing Road – Warren, Maine 04864-4600

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Maine State Prison – Daniel Fortune – MDOC #86753
807 Cushing Road – Warren, Maine 04864-4600

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Maine State Prison – Michael McQuade – MDOC #82448
807 Cushing Road – Warren, Maine 04864-4600

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Any restrictive housing placement will now require a disciplinary finding and a finding of a serious act of violence or a threat, an official says.

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AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Corrections said policies and practices have been revised to prevent another case like that of an inmate placed into solitary confinement for 22 months.

Last week, a superior court judge ruled that Douglas Burr’s due process rights were repeatedly violated.

Burr, who’s serving a 59-year sentence for murder, was in solitary confinement without ever being charged with misconduct. He was told that in order to be released, he’d have to admit that he trafficked in contraband drugs in prison.

Ryan Thornell, deputy corrections commissioner, told Maine Public that policies and practices have been revised to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

He said restrictive housing placements going forward require a disciplinary finding and finding of a serious act of violence or a threat.

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