Safe Reentry: Implementing an Opiate Overdose Prevention Program

Jac Charlier & Amanda Auerbach

Reentry is high risk time for overdose (OD) and fatal OD - individuals are 12 times more likely than others to OD post-release. Incarceration allows for a level of observation and supervision. Upon release from prison or jail, individuals require timely and appropriate services to reduce their risk of overdose and improve their likelihood of recovery. Reentry creates an opportunity to intervene in a way that will reduce crime and increase lives saved. This workshop will discuss activities that agencies working toward safe reentry should consider. The goal of the workshop is to provide attendees with an understanding of reentry activities that support opiate overdose prevention and encourage brainstorming around developing an effective opiate overdose prevention program in their communities.

Jac Charlier

Jac Charlier is the National Director of Justice Initaitives at the Center for Health and Justice at Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC, Inc.). A nationally recognized expert in pre-arrest diversion, Jac Charlier specializes in community corrections policy and civic engagement, including developing strategies and solutions that meet the needs of both the criminal justice system and the community. He currently leads criminal justice consulting and training services for the Center for Health and Justice (CHJ) at TASC, specializing in system-level solutions to substance use and mental health challenges across the criminal justice system. Jac joined TASC in 2011 after 16 years of service in the State Parole Division of the Illinois Department of Corrections, where he specialized in building connections between parole and the community, and bringing innovations from research into practice.

Amanda Auerbach

Amanda Auerbach is a Consulting Administrator with the Center for Health and Justice at Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC, Inc.). As a Consulting Administrator at the Center for Health and Justice at TASC (CHJ), Amanda provides technical assistance and strategy development around alternatives to incarceration and linkages to care for individuals with behavioral health conditions in the justice system. Prior to joining CHJ in 2016, Amanda interned with TASC in the Cook County Mental Health Court and participated in the Integrated Community Behavioral Health Consortium at TASC, an interdisciplinary learning group focused on clinical, public health, and policy issues related to behavioral health and the justice population.

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