Effectiveness of Initiating Treatment Services Through Telehealth and Peer Navigation For Women Prior to Re-entry from Jail (030)

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Study Information

The opioid overdose death rate among women has risen 492% since 1999, a higher rate than men (404%). However, research on approaches to increase initiation of life-saving medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) among women is limited.

The University of Kentucky JCOIN Research Center is studying the effectiveness of initiating treatment services through telehealth and peer navigation for justice-involved women with opioid use disorder (OUD) as they transition from jail to the community. Through these services, participants will be able to engage with community health providers and peer navigators prior to release. The study will be conducted in nine jails across Kentucky, with the goal of increasing medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) initiation and retention, while reducing relapse and overdose among high-risk justice-involved women in the community following release from jail.


Study Settings: Jails

Study Location: Kentucky (KY)

Study Team

PI/MPI:

Michele Staton, PhD
University of Kentucky


Health Agency Partner:

Katherine Marks
Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services


Justice Agency Partner:

Sarah Johnson
Kentucky Department of Corrections

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Study Aims

• Compare the effectiveness of MOUD pre-treatment telehealth alone and in combination with peer navigation services

• Measure MOUD initiation, retention, and treatment engagement

• Reduce opioid relapse and overdose

• Optimize strategies for implementing and sustaining MOUD telehealth

Research Type

Clinical Trial, Patient Navigation, Telehealth