Detainees suffering from opioid use disorder to receive treatment while at Wyatt Detention Facility
CENTRALL FALLS, R.I. (WLNE) — Detainees at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility with opioid use disorder will receive treatment.
U.S. Attorney Zachary Cunha said his office reached an agreement with the facility to ensure that those detainees get the treatment that they need.
People with OUD are considered disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Those that were being treated for the disorder before being detained are required by law to get the same treatment while being held.
Cunha’s said his office had found that Wyatt was not providing medications used to treat OUD — like methadone and buprenorphine — and did not provide any individualized medical determination to assess whether each person should be maintained on or withdrawn from such treatment.
The new agreement says that the facility will provide medication to anyone that has been prescribed it by a licensed healthcare official.
“Where medical professionals have determined that OUD treatment is appropriate, the ADA requires jails like the Wyatt to continue to provide it, and I am pleased that, with today’s agreement, the facility has committed to meet this critical obligation to its detainees,” said Cunha.