The Guidelines for Managing Substance Withdrawal in Jails are not standards or legal guidance, but rather a set of clinical recommendations to support engagement of relevant parties in the development of or revisions to existing policies and procedures for managing substance withdrawal in jail settings.
The guidelines are divided into the following five sections:
- General guidance (issues universal to withdrawal management in jails)
- Alcohol withdrawal
- Sedative withdrawal
- Opioid withdrawal
- Stimulant withdrawal
Each section includes recommendation statements and supporting narrative developed by an expert committee (EC) of medical and corrections professionals. The appendices provide supplemental information on a variety of matters, such as principles of drug testing during withdrawal management.
Expert Committee Members
Jeffrey Alvarez, M.D., CCHP
Chief Medical Officer, NaphCare
Andrew F. Angelino, M.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine
Kevin A. Fiscella, M.D., M.PH.
Addiction Medicine Physician, Jordan Health
Miriam S. Komaromy, M.D.
Medical Director, Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center
Shannon Robinson, M.D.
Principal, Health Management Associates
Sandra Springer, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Infectious Diseases Yale School of Medicine
Marc F. Stern, M.D., M.P.H.
Affiliate Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, University of Washington
Clinical Professor, School of Public Health University of Albany
Chief Medical Advisor for the National Sheriffs’ Association, American Jail Association, and Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs
Donna Strugar-Fritsch, B.S.N., M.P.A., CCHP
Correctional Health Care Consultant
Experts in Jail Administration:
Oscar Aviles, CPM, CJM, CCE, CCHP
Assistant County Administrator, Hudson County (NJ)
Jeff Clark, M.J.A.
Undersheriff, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office
Carrie Hill, Esq.
Executive Director, Massachusetts Sheriffs’ Association
Chief Jail Advisor, NSA
Chief Deputy of Research, Development, and Major Projects for the Franklin County Sheriff's Office (Columbus, OH)