For many years Howard County has provided substance use disorder treatment through the Howard County Health Department whose counselors work in the detention center providing an outpatient level program, as well as assessments and referrals for placement in community inpatient treatment. The Health Department also provides overdose response training and the provision of naloxone for staff and inmates. Through the Maryland Community Criminal Justice Treatment Program, a clinician from the Howard County Mental Health Authority (now a Department of Corrections employee) has provided transitions counseling for those with mental health concerns, who are being released to the community. Often these staff collaborate on individuals with co-occurring disorders.
In 2017 Howard County changed its policy regarding the use of methadone and buprenorphine. The Department now allows inmates who have short stays/sentences who are on a prescribed methadone or suboxone treatment protocol, to continue with the treatment while at the Detention Center. The Department has partnered with community providers such as I Can’t We Can and Silverman’s Clinic to receive the medications if the offender’s provider is unwilling to provide the medication to the offender. We also will now allow inmates assigned to work release who are assessed as needing methadone or buprenorphine, to begin receiving these medications while on work release status. Health Department funds are available to pay for these medications when necessary.
Religious services for inmates are provided through volunteers and volunteer faith-based organizations. Christian Jail Ministry (CJM) has provided spiritual and pastoral services for inmates and their families since July 1979 as volunteers to the Detention Center. CJM programs at the Detention Center include various worship services, religious education and correspondence courses, pastoral counseling, individual discipleship training, and personal help. In addition CJM volunteers provide a gift giving program for the children of those incarcerated. Financial and volunteer support for CJM comes from local churches, individuals, and businesses. CJM employs one full-time chaplain and utilizes the services of several local pastors, who serve as associate chaplains on a volunteer basis to oversee the ministry and minister at the Detention Center.
Muslim faith education and Juma Services are offered at the Detention Center through the volunteer services of the Dar Al-Taqwa congregation in Howard County. A consistent number of inmates have participated in the services as well as weekly education classes. The congregation also provides religious material and Qu’rans for the inmates.
Catholic services are offered weekly for the inmate population as well through Saint Matthews Catholic Church. Additionally, an outreach group from this church pervaded monthly services for BICE inmates. Volunteer Deacon services provide weekly communion coordinated through St. Lawrence Parish in Jessup.
In addition The Department of Corrections is responsible for ensuring the religious needs of all inmates, regardless of their faiths, are approp