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Implementing Telehealth in Jails

This webinar covers the fundamentals of telehealth and the experience of implementing telehealth in a correctional setting to support and facilitate physical health, mental health, and substance use treatment.

With the high cost of transfers, workforce challenges, and the need for specialty care, providing care in the criminal justice system is challenging. Research has estimated that approximately 65% of the U.S. prison population has an active substance use disorder (SUD). It is also well documented that treatment during and after incarceration should include a broad range of services—including medication, behavioral therapy, and wrap-around services. Telehealth can be used to augment the workforce and to expand existing services. During this webinar, participants can learn more about the essential elements of developing effective telehealth programs as well as lessons learned from a telehealth program in several Michigan jails.

During this webinar, we will:

  • Define telehealth and how to execute it in jails.
  • Discuss the key components of effective telehealth in jails.
  • Review the lessons learned implementing telehealth in jails.


Our presenters have extensive knowledge in developing, implementing, and evaluating telehealth programs for the identification and management of SUD.

  • Saira Haque, Ph.D., Senior Health Informaticist and Virtual Care Portfolio Leader, RTI International
  • Grant Victor, Ph.D., Researcher, Center for Behavioral Health and Justice, Wayne State University

To view a PDF version of the slide deck that was used during this presentation, click here.

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