Reentry Programs

What is this strategy?

Support programs that connect incarcerated persons to addiction treatment, recovery support, harm reduction services, primary healthcare, or other services or supports they need upon release from jail or prison, or that provide any of these services or supports.

Why reentry programs?

Programs that connect individuals to a variety of social and health services upon release from incarceration are critical in ensuring justice-involved individuals have the support they need. Especially with the quickly changing drug market and increasing potency of substances, it is important that individuals are provided harm reduction and safer use education as well as naloxone upon release. Additionally, providing individuals with support for a successful transition can reduce recidivism, health risks, and even death.


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Complete List of Resources

NC Association of County Commissioners Webinar

A 90-minute webinar, “Strategies to Address the Opioid Epidemic – Justice-Involved Programming”, that discusses the North Carolina Formerly Incarcerated Transition (FIT) Program, jail-based MOUD, connections to care, and Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office’s strategic community opioid response

For more information about reentry programs, contact DMH.Justice@dhhs.nc.gov