Date & Time
Tuesday, October 25, 2022, 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM
439 In Community: The Women's Wellness Unit at the DC Jail*

In 2021, the DC Jail opened the Women's Wellness Unit, an innovative and unique housing unit dedicated to supporting and treating women with substance use disorder in community with women with serious mental illness. Medical staff and custody serving the unit are all trained in trauma-informed care and cofacilitate an evidence-based curriculum designed for women with a history of trauma and addiction. This presentation will outline the development of the unit including training, programming, funding, continuity of care back into the community, and medical care delivery. It will also provide a data overview of ongoing quality improvement processes and early outcomes.

Educational Objectives

  • Describe the impact of the nation's opioid epidemic on corrections
  • Identify interventions for substance use disorder suited to the correctional setting
  • Explain how a trauma-informed approach to treating substance use disorder improves outcomes

Level Intermediate