Through a collaboration with MEnD Correctional Care and CHI St. Gabriel’s Family Medical Center in the Little Falls area, eligible patients choosing to receive help with their opioid use disorder while incarcerated now have that available to them. In addition, a referral process was created to send patients to the Family Medical Center after release to continue receiving supportive health care. Given that MEnD is currently the care provider in 50 Minnesota county jails, recreating this model elsewhere in Minnesota could reduce recidivism for those with addiction issues. This breakout will share best practices and outcomes from this initiative and outline the process of allowing buprenorphine in the Morrison County Jail.
In 2012, Dr. Heather Bell began her family medicine practice in rural Minnesota. With her visionary leadership, she has been influential in redesigning the primary care delivery model across the clinic by adopting whole person centered care and instituting guiding principles which led to the clinic earning recognition by the state of Minnesota as a Medical Home. Dr. Bell became active in the Controlled Substance Care Team within the clinic and utilizes medication-assisted addiction treatment using buprenorphine as part of her primary care practice.
Dr. Kurt Devine has been a family medicine physician for more than 26 years. He has faced many challenges caring for patients in a rural primary care setting amid evolving care delivery models, demanding forward-thinking, and creative strategies for change. Recently, he’s begun medication-assisted addiction treatment, introducing the use of buprenorphine as part of his primary care practice. As he continues to provide ongoing support and education to colleagues, Dr. Devine has been a change agent, creating a culture shift within his practice.
Dr. Leonard has worked in correctional healthcare for 12 years. He formed MEnD Correctional Care in 2008 and has grown MEnD to now working with 40 county jails in the upper Midwest. He is considered a national expert in correctional health care and has been featured in professional journal and news publications. He has also helped shape policy and standards in correctional health care and provides expert witness services in correctional health care litigation.