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Jail to Community Medical Assisted Treatment – Sasha Rai, MD

Jail to Community Medical Assisted Treatment – Sasha Rai, MD


Sasha Rai, MD

Sasha Rai, MD is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado School Of Medicine. He also is the director of mental health services for the Denver Sheriff Department and oversees an interdisciplinary team of health professionals who provide mental health services at the Denver City and County Jails. He is board certified in general psychiatry, forensic psychiatry and addiction medicine. He also directs the forensic psychiatry service at Denver Health. He completed his medical school training in Southern Africa and after completing an internship in India, worked as a primary care physician in the department of psychiatry in a county hospital in Northern India. He completed his psychiatry residency at State University of New York in Brooklyn and then did a fellowship in forensic psychiatry at University of Colorado School of Medicine.

The presentation will focus on how to implement a jail to community medication assisted treatment. We will discuss what it takes to implement a medication assisted treatment for opioid and alcohol use disorders in a correctional setting. What are the finances and budget issues to consider when implementing this program. The staffing requirement to run a program like this effectively. How to smoothen transition of care between jail and community and the need for community partnerships. We will also talk about the challenges we have faced in Denver implanting this program and how we have solved some of the issues we have faced when implementing this program. Discussion on data on medication assisted treatment provided at Denver city and county jails will be discussed and also data will be presented on treatment follow up in the community.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe finances and budget associated with running a medication assisted treatment program
  • Identify administrative barriers associated with MAT
  • Define clinical experience in delivering medication assisted treatment