In the United States there have been more than a half million deaths in the past decade, with opioids associated with over two-thirds of these deaths, and the age-adjusted overdose death rate in Michigan is almost twice the national average.
The Wayne State University School of Social Work Center for Behavioral Health and Justice’s Opioid Treatment Ecosystem initiative is a key part of Michigan’s response to the overdose epidemic. In cooperation with the Michigan Opioid Partnership, a public-private collaborative that includes the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and other key funders, the CBHJ is able to provide funding, technical assistance, and evaluation to six counties who are committed to improving the treatment of opioid use disorder for persons booked into jail.
Individuals with severe mental illnesses are more likely to be sentenced to jail and were more likely to experience reincarceration, especially for petty crimes, according to Wayne State University’s Center for Behavioral Health and Justice.
The criminal justice system needs to change how it handles mental health, the report said.
The Wayne State center reports 23% of people entering Michigan jails had a serious mental illness. The rate went up to 34% in rural jails.
Michigan’s jails are getting more crowded, and many people currently serving time are either there too long or would be better served by an alternative to jail, a task force that’s been studying jail data in Michigan over the last several months has concluded.
David Guenthner, Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Michigan’s crime rate presently sits at a 50-year low and its prison population at a 20-year low. So it should follow that the state’s jail population also should be declining, as it has nationally since 2008. Instead, Michigan’s jail population has tripled since the 1980s — with no sign of abating.
In Michigan, the Wayne State University Center for Behavioral Health and Justice found that 23 percent of jail inmates suffered from serious mental illness and that figure surged to 34 percent in rural counties.
"In Michigan, the Wayne State University Center for Behavioral Health and Justice found that 23 percent of jail inmates suffered from serious mental illness and that figure surged to 34 percent in rural counties. Putting them behind bars doesn’t make them any better, and in many cases makes them worse. The cost is massive. The Wayne State study found that individuals with serious mental illness spent twice as many days in jail as those without."
Wayne State University (WSU) School of Social Work (SSW) Dean Sheryl Kubiak and WSU SSW Center for Behavioral Health and Justice (CBHJ) staff joined community partners, people in recovery from addiction, their friends and family, treatment professionals, and other allies in recovery, gathering on Belle Isle on September 14th for the Michigan Celebrate Recovery Walk and Rally as part of National Recovery Month. The event celebrated those in recovery as well as the process, services, and support that make recovery possible.
The 20th Annual Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and Co-Occurring Disorder (COD) Conference took place at the TCF Convention Center in Downtown Detroit September 16-17, and the work of the Wayne State University (WSU) School of Social Work (SSW) Center for Behavioral Health and Justice (CBHJ) was represented by Associate Director Julie Hanna
'[R]esearchers still don’t know whether people are primarily knowingly combining fentanyl and methamphetamine as “speedballs,” or if the drugs they purchase are adulterated without their knowledge.
“We don’t have a good answer yet,” said Bradley Ray, director of Wayne State University’s Center for Behavioral Health and Justice. “We don’t know how often fentanyl is being mixed with methamphetamine, or if people are intentionally taking both drugs together.”'
The Wayne State University School of Social Work (SSW) Center for Behavioral Health and Justice (CBHJ) is excited to launch our sophomore year by welcoming our new director Brad Ray from Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Ray is a community-engaged researcher focused on mental health and substance use, particularly where these populations intersect with the criminal justice system.
The Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration held its second meeting on Friday, August 23, 2019 in Traverse City, Michigan. Wayne State University (WSU) School of Social Work Dean Sheryl Kubiak was appointed by Governor Whitmer to serve on the Task Force as a survivor of crime and an advocate for crime victims.
As the Center for Behavioral Health and Justice (CBHJ) begins its work with the Michigan Opioid Partnership, Oakland County resident Jean Miller sat down with CBHJ staff on Tuesday, July 16 to share the story of her son’s struggle with opioid addiction and tragic overdose in 2017. In his memory, the Miller family has established the non-profit “Brian Miller Full Moon” to raise awareness and funds to support treatment programs.