MAT program expanding in Del. prisons
DOVER, Del. – Every inmate in the first state will soon be able to receive treatment for drug addictions.
The state is expanding their medication assisted treatment (MAT) program, which aims to make sure inmates detox and withdraw from drug addiciton safely.
The program was previously only available in some prisons, but is now spreading to every prison in the state of Delaware.
Officials with the Department of Corrections tell 47 ABC that this type of treatment is crucial in making sure inmates are treated while incarcerated, and leave prison healthier than when they came.
“People are dying in the community, this is not a Delaware problem or Maryland problem, this is a national problem, and the prison system is part of the community so the same individuals that are on the outside of the walls, are coming to us on the inside of the walls,” Dr. Marc Richman, Bureau Chief for Correctional Healthcare Services for the Department of Corrections, said.
The expansion will begin first in the Sussex Correctional Institution, and will then spread to other prisons in the coming months.