Mental Hygiene Law Section 19.18-C
Corrections-based substance use disorder treatment and transition services
1.Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the commissioner, in consultation with local governmental units, county sheriffs, the New York city department of corrections and other stakeholders, shall implement a jail-based substance use disorder treatment and transition services program that supports the initiation, operation and enhancement of substance use disorder treatment and transition services for persons with substance use disorder who are incarcerated in jails.
2.The services to be provided by such program shall be in accordance with plans developed by participating local governmental units, in collaboration with county sheriffs, taking into account local needs and available resources. These plans must be approved by the commissioner and shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
(a)Alcohol, benzodiazepine, heroin and opioid withdrawal management;
(b)At least one formulation of every form of medication assisted treatments approved for the treatment of a substance use disorder by the Federal Food and Drug Administration necessary to ensure that each individual participating in the program receives the particular form found to be the most effective at treating and meeting their individual needs. The commissioner may allow jails a limited exemption to providing opioid full agonist treatment medications where the commissioner determines that no providers that have received the required accreditation are located within a reasonable distance of the facility. Jails that do not have the resources available to meet standards set forth herein may apply to the commissioner for a limited exception allowing such jail to enter into an agreement with a community- or jail-based program offering substance use disorder treatment and transition services to provide such services to individuals in such jails. Any such determination shall be reviewed on a regular basis;
(c)Group and individual counseling and clinical support;
(e)Discharge planning; and
(f)Re-entry and transitional supports.
3.(a) After a medical screening, incarcerated individuals who are determined to suffer from a substance use disorder for which medication assisted treatment exists shall be offered placement in the medication assisted treatment program. Placement in such program shall not be mandatory.
(b)Each participating incarcerated individual shall work with an authorized specialist to develop an individualized treatment plan, including an appropriate level of counseling and planning for continuity of care upon return to the community.
(c)Decisions regarding type, dosage, or duration of any medication regimen shall be made by a qualified health care professional licensed or certified under title eight of the education law who is authorized to administer such medication in conjunction with the incarcerated individual.
(d)Participation in the medication assisted treatment program shall not be unreasonably withheld from a qualified incarcerated individual. An incarcerated individual using medication assisted treatment prior to such individual’s incarceration shall be eligible to, upon request by such individual, continue such treatment in the medication assisted treatment program for any period of time during the duration of such individual’s incarceration.
(e)No person shall be denied participation in the program on the basis of a positive drug screening upon entering custody or upon intake into the program; nor shall any person receive a disciplinary infraction for such positive drug screening. No person shall be removed from, or denied participation in the program on the basis of having received any disciplinary infraction:
(1)before entry into the program; or
(2)during participation in the program.
4.Within amounts appropriated therefor, funding shall be made avail- able pursuant to criteria established by the office of addiction services and supports in consultation with local governmental units, which shall take into consideration the local needs and resources as identified by local governmental units, the average daily jail population, the average number of persons incarcerated in the jail that require substance use disorder services and such other factors as may be deemed necessary.
5.Any jail-based substance use disorder treatment and transition services program that is already in operation at the time this act shall have become law and meets or exceeds the standards set forth in this section shall be deemed to have met the requirements of subdivisions one and two of this section. Such programs shall certify annually in writing to the commissioner that they have met or exceeded the standards set forth herein.
Section 19.18-C — Corrections-based substance use disorder treatment and transition services,
https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/laws/MHY/19.18-C (updated Oct. 14, 2022; accessed Dec. 2, 2023).