Overdose Prevention and Treatment in Correctional Settings

The Overdose Prevention and Treatment in Correctional Settings Knowledge Lab will highlight state policy and legislative activities related to the Model Withdrawal Management Protocol in Correctional Settings Act and the Model Access to Medication for Addiction Treatment in Correctional Settings Act.

Background Discussion

Learn more from experts about overdose prevention and treatment in correctional settings.

Live Discussion

The live discussion occurred on September 12, 2023. Click here to listen in!

Click here to learn more about the resources shared during the Knowledge Lab.


Supporting Materials

The Model Withdrawal Management Protocol in Correctional Settings Act requires evidence-based treatment of substance use disorders, including the use of FDA-approved medications; requires correctional settings to establish and implement administrative and clinical protocols when detaining individuals at risk of withdrawal; and provides state legislators, policymakers, and those in the correctional and health care professions with a comprehensive framework to better respond to withdrawal symptoms and related mental health crises of individuals in custody to decrease their mortality while in correctional settings. Click here to read the full Model Withdrawal Management Protocol in Correctional Settings Act.

The Model Access to Medication for Addiction Treatment in Correctional Settings Act, written in collaboration with the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at the Georgetown University Law Center and a cadre of subject matter experts, sets forth a comprehensive, evidence-based framework for ensuring that all incarcerated individuals with a substance use disorder be provided access to FDA-approved medication for addiction treatment in state and local correctional settings. Click here to read the full Model Access to Medication for Addiction Treatment in Correctional Settings Act.

Click here to learn more about funding to support treatment in correctional settings.

Featured Experts

Executive Director, Massachusetts Sheriff’s Association

Director of Addiction and Mental Health Systems, Vermont Department of Corrections

Chief Deputy, Franklin County, Ohio Sheriff’s Office

Director, Addiction and Public Policy Initiative, Distinguished Scholar, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Annie Ramniceanu

Annie Ramniceanu has worked in the field of community based integrated mental health and substance use disorder treatment with the criminal justice population for over 20 years in Vermont.

In that capacity her roles have included serving as the Clinical Director of a nonprofit delivering integrated co-occurring treatment, Adjunct Professor at the University of Vermont, Associate Professor at the University of Vermont Medical College, Chair of the Vermont Alcohol and Drug Certification Board, President of the Vermont Addiction Professionals Association, Vice President of the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium, and appointed special advisor to the Vermont Secretary of State Office of Professional Regulation.

In 2014, Governor Peter Shumlin appointed her by to be the first Pretrial Services Director in Vermont. In 2016, she was reappointed to continue her work within the Department of Corrections as the Executive Director of Addiction and Mental Health Systems and has been reappointed by Governor Phill Scott for the past 8 years.

Annie’s work is guided by her vision to create a recovery-oriented system of care that delivers compassionate, high quality, whole health healthcare and that leverages state agency level partnerships.

Geoffrey Stobart

Chief Deputy Geoff Stobart is the Chief Deputy of Research, Development, and Major Projects for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Columbus, Ohio. With a career spanning over 30+ years, Chief Stobart has gained wide and deep experience within the Sheriff’s Office. Prior to his taking his current position, he managed the Office’s largest division and was responsible for the custody and care of more than 2,000 inmates in Franklin County’s two jails and for the security of all individuals working and visiting in Franklin County government buildings. He has been assigned to every Division of the Office spending time in Patrol, Community Relations, Internal Affairs, and Investigations.

Chief Stobart obtained a Graduate Certificate in Management Development from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations of Cornell University and is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command. He serves on the Franklin County Re-Entry Coalition, the Franklin County Criminal Justice Planning Board. He serves on the National Sheriff’s Association Jail and Detention Committee, and sits on the Advisory Board for the National Sheriff’s Association Center for Jail Operations.

Regina LaBelle, JD

Regina LaBelle, JD is a Distinguished Scholar and Director of the Addiction and Public Policy Initiative at the O’Neill Institute at Georgetown University Law Center. Ms LaBelle is also the founding director and teaches in the Master of Science in Addiction Policy and Practice program at Georgetown University’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

Regina served in the Biden Administration as Acting Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). There, Ms LaBelle developed the Biden-Harris Administration’s initial drug policy priorities, which included a historic focus on harm reduction services. Regina previously served in the Obama Administration as ONDCP Chief of Staff where she oversaw the agency’s overdose response and implementation of the National Drug Control Strategy.

Prior to her work in federal government, Regina served as Legal Counsel to Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels.

Regina is an active member of the Washington State Bar and serves on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Independent Ethics Board. A graduate of Boston College, Regina received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Carrie Hill, Esq.

Carrie Hill is an attorney and national criminal justice consultant. She has dedicated her thirty- plus year career providing criminal justice consulting and professional development seminars in correctional law to educate and empower those working in the correctional industry. Carrie is the Executive Director for the Massachusetts Sheriffs’ Association and the Chief Jail Advisor to the National Sheriffs’ Association.