CRANSTON, R.I. - White House Director of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli, joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Elizabeth Roberts and Department of Corrections Director A. T. Wall, tour the Gloria McDonald Women's facility at the Adult Correctional Institutes (ACI) speak with state officials and inmates to learn more about Rhode Island's innovative approach to prevent drug overdose and support recovery by providing medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder in the state prisons. "There is no greater public health crisis faced by Rhode Islanders today than drug overdose," said Raimondo. "Rhode Island stands out as a leader among states for our comprehensive approach to addressing this national crisis, and for our focus on getting people into treatment - including inmates, who are incredibly vulnerable to overdose when they re-enter society. I am thrilled that Director Botticelli is visiting Rhode Island to learn more about our innovative treatment programs, which will help more Rhode Islanders achieve lifelong recovery."
The fiscal year 2017 budget passed by the General Assembly includes $2 million of Governor Gina M. Raimondo's $2.5 million request to expand the use of MAT in the state prisons. That initiative is part of a comprehensive action plan developed by Raimondo's Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force to reduce overdose deaths by one-third in three years.