Criminal Justice Reform
Governor Lee’s Criminal Justice Task Force found that over the last decade, Tennessee maintained its high recidivism rate and grew its prison population by 12%. Corrections now cost the state over $1 billion annually. A documented and significant contributor to this increase includes mental illness and substance misuse.

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Health-related stigma is an individual’s experience of exclusion, rejection, and/or blame associated with a health condition. Stigma associated with opioid use disorder and other substance use disorder impacts the individual in several ways, including experienced discrimination from individuals and systems, as well as negative self-evaluation and shame.

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Telehealth presents an opportunity for improving access to treatment and recovery support for individuals afflicted with opioid use disorder. The opportunities were highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic in Tennessee.

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