1. Maine Department of Corrections Announces Expansion of MAT Services

    A Press Release from Maine Department of Corrections: Maine Department of Corrections Announces Expansion of MAT Services (Feb. 12, 2021) Augusta, Maine – The Maine Department of Corrections (MDOC) announced today the expansion of the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program for residents of State correctional facilities who have opioid use disorder (OUD). The program, which began as a pilot in July 2019 in partnership with medical provider Wellpath, will expand this month, first by making more MDOC residents eligible for MAT and by expanding continuity of care services. By November MDOC will provide universal access to MAT among resident populations, regardless of sentence length. This expansion builds on the MAT program initiated in July 2019 through an Executive Order from […]

  2. Law enforcement community teams up with Special Olympics: Agencies across Virginia are Gearing up for the 2021 Polar Plunge

    SALEM, Va. – The law enforcement community has been a longtime supporter of Special Olympics. That is why agencies across Virginia are gearing up for an ice cold challenge: the 2021 Polar Plunge. The officers and staff of the Western Virginia Regional Jail have been involved with Special Olympics for about a decade, organizing fundraisers and taking part in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run, but did not participate in their first Plunge until 2020. “We went all in, so to speak, and really tried to raise as much money as we could and just the sense of teamwork with the facility itself and people getting involved,” said Sgt. Lori Fadorick, the Special Olympics liaison for region 10. The team’s […]

  3. Butte County Jail Inmates Begin Receiving Coronavirus Vaccine

    OROVILLE — The Butte County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday it has begun administering doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to inmates at the Butte County Jail. Butte County Public Health provided the Sheriff’s Office with enough doses of the vaccine to administer it to 100 inmates. According to a BCSO press release, the Sheriff’s Office is continuing to work with the county health department toward getting its entire inmate population vaccinated. As of now, inmates are receiving the vaccine on a “voluntary basis.” Inmates 65 years of age and older, as well as those with underlying health conditions, are being prioritized to receive it. Wellpath, the jail’s medical provider, is administering the vaccine inside the jail’s medical facility. According to the […]

  4. Cook County, IL: Protect Communities by Vaccinating Inmates

      Across the nation and here in Illinois decisions are being made over who gets the vaccine and when. In this process there has been some public outrage over inmate inoculations. While this is understandable on one level, it is, in fact, counterproductive. Inoculating inmates, health professionals and correctional officers are an important step in containing COVID and in saving lives. Every workday I enter my health care clinic committed to doing everything in my power to help contain and treat COVID-19 among my patients, all of whom happen to be inmates. I am one of tens of thousands correctional nurses nationwide working behind the walls in some of the largest congregate settings in the U.S. There is an urgent […]

  5. Wellpath in the News: Massachusetts begins vaccinating within congregate-care, correctional facilities

    (WWLP) – The next round of COVID-19 vaccinations in Massachusetts begins Monday with distribution to congregate care and correctional facilities. Roughly 94,000 people living and working in 3,500 congregate care settings like group homes or shelters are eligible for vaccinations starting Monday. State Representative Bud Williams said he’s happy to see distribution expanding but said more needs to be done speed up the vaccination process, “The rollout has been very slow. I think in the end, what they are going to end up doing is first come first serve. We have people who want to take it and others who don’t want to take it, so we need to do a better job.” About 6,500 and 4,500 officers are expected to […]

  6. Southeast Florida Behavioral Health Network Partners with Law Enforcement to Reduce Opioid Deaths

    In response to the rising opioid epidemic, Southeast Florida Behavioral Health Network is working with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, the Recovery Research Network, Rebel Recovery, and Wellpath LLC to expand community-based services to incarcerated individuals. The goal of this partnership, known as the Medication Assisted and Peer Services program, is to improve recovery rates for incarcerated people in Palm Beach County. Partners in the MAPS program increase access to behavioral health care services for incarcerated individuals living with opioid use disorders. The program provides enhanced screenings and assessments, medication-assisted treatment, and counseling. For the complete article:

  7. Wellpath In the News: San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara county jails begin vaccinating contract health workers

    Medical employees who work under contract at the Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo county jails are in the process of getting vaccinated against COVID-19 as part of the statewide effort to begin protecting frontline workers against the virus, according to officials. The employees are contracted by Wellpath, a Nashville-based inmate health company. Inmates and custody deputies in San Luis Obispo are not being offered the vaccine, according to San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Grace Norris. It was unclear whether they were offered the vaccine in Santa Barbara County. Read the full article here:

  8. No COVID Cases for Inmates at Frederick County ADC

    A press release from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO): No COVID Cases for Inmates at Frederick County ADC  Risks Mitigated from the Onset of the Pandemic FREDERICK, Md. (Dec. 28, 2020) – From the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, in early 2020 through today, the Frederick County Adult Detention Center (ADC) has not had one inmate case of COVID while in confinement. “The program is so successful here at the ADC because we started early and developed a plan with our correctional officers, leadership, and the local health department to mitigate risks to COVID-19,” said Kathy Humbertson, Wellpath Regional Director of Nursing, contracted medical provider for the ADC. “In addition, we have had ongoing collaboration throughout the pandemic to […]

  9. Wellpath Partner and Friend, Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon dies of complications from COVID-19

    Wellpath is deeply saddened at the loss of partner, leader and friend, Sheriff Benny Napoleon of Wayne County, Michigan.  Benny passed away December 17th after a long battle with COVID-19. In addition to being a dedicated local icon who once ran for mayor, his daughter Tiffani Jackson asked that we all, “Remember his generosity, integrity and faithfulness as a public servant for over 45 years.” Kip Hallman, Wellpath president, said, “The words that come to mind are gentle, kind, friendly, and caring. He was the perfect person for this time, a law enforcement leader who had experienced the challenges of racism as a young person, who came out with a clear sense of what is right.”  We send our deepest […]

  10. Wellpath Opens Clinic in Yuba City to Treat Substance Abuse Use

    Wellpath Opens Clinic in Yuba City to Treat Substance Abuse Use Yuba City, CA – This month, Wellpath Community Care Centers opened their Yuba City location, devoted to treating opioid addiction and other substance use disorders. A virtual grand opening event will be held on January 26, 2021 – more details to come. For more information, or to receive staff media availability, contact Wanda Nelson at 858-283-8614. Wellpath Yuba City video Wellpath is a leading healthcare company transforming public health by delivering hope and healing to those who need it the most. “We are excited to bring our expertise to the Yuba City community and expand local treatment options for medication-assisted treatment of substance use disorders,” said Dr. Neil Schamban, […]

  11. Marc Goldstone Joins Wellpath to Lead as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

    Nashville,TN – Wellpath is excited to welcome Marc Goldstone as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of the Legal Department. Goldstone, who most recently served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the Prime Healthcare System, will oversee various aspects of the Legal operations of the organization, and work on facilitating strategically critical corporate initiatives and advise on merges and acquisitions. “Marc’s expertise in health law and knowledge of the industry will be an invaluable asset to our team,” said Wellpath CEO Jorge Dominicis. “We’re excited to welcome him and look forward to his leadership.” Marc brings substantial General Counsel experience to his role at Wellpath. Prior to his role at Prime Healthcare System, which operates in 46 […]

  12. [Humboldt County] Sheriff’s Office Launches Jail-Based Mental Competency Treatment Program

    [Humboldt County] Sheriff’s Office Launches Jail-Based Mental Competency Treatment Program Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office: Dressed in all brown, three men fill their coffee cups, take a seat on the couch and talk about life. It’s more relaxed here than in other places of the facility, with flowers and inspirational quotes spread across the walls. And if it weren’t for the jumpsuits and cell doors, one might forget that this is actually a county jail. On Thursday, November 12, 2020, the Humboldt County Correctional Facility (HHCF) and Wellpath held a ribbon-cutting for the county’s newest initiative to address mental illness within the justice system, a Jail-Based Competency Treatment (JBCT) Program for offenders deemed incompetent to stand trial. […]

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