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212 ADHD Prisoner Education To Prevent Recidivism & Relapse – Battinelli

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 ADHD, Prisons & The Opiate Epidemic

Beth Battinelli Ph.D. reports on her exciting prisoner experiences with prison inmates who have no idea of their brain reality, especially regarding the underlying executive function challenges that led them to poor judgment, impulsivity and breaking the rules. In this CBJ/212 Episode, she talks about a program she developed: The ADHD Project.

Her mission for the ADHD Project is to increase ADHD awareness, understanding and recovery for inmates in corrections. It’s an educational program that starts with primary brain science education for incarcerated individuals, and by using existing online resources, and it’s a cost-effective program to continue upon the individual’s release – for example, CoreBrain Journal’s Neuroscience Clubs.

She also wants to either start or join inevitable conversations about paradoxical reactions to pharmaceuticals for those incarcerated. The current news about the opioid crisis directly connects to both of these topics. Forewarned and educated is likely to reduce recidivism in this vulnerable, underserved population.

Well done, Beth – certainly a worthy project for undeniable difficulties.

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  1. Debra D. Marek, MSW, LSW on 04/17/2018 at 10:21 PM

    I think you hit upon great points Dr. Batanelli. I also think that women, in particular, feel very shamed being put through the jail/prison system….especially if they are not accustom to such an environment. I don’t know if LSW enforcement is aware of the mental trauma that one goes through during such stressful times. It changes a person forever. It changes the individual’s whole chemical make/up. A person (woman moreso) come out having PTSD, whereas they never had such illness before. If they had anxiety, a person’ Anxiety will always be on the higher side. It really isn’t a place for many minor acts or occurrences. I think these policies and laws/bylaws should be rewritten. Jail and prison is for REAL CRIME. I just had to add that. Thanks….

    Debbie Márek

  2. Debra D. Marek, MSW, LSW on 04/17/2018 at 7:47 PM

    By the way, I loved my friend Beth Battinelli’s interview. She hit on many great points, as you did too. Drug addiction (specifically Opioids) is a very hard addiction to break and takes years of personal “soul searching” as to why we use these substances. I do a lot of research about this and about addiction. I am a Social Worker (MSW, LSW). This hits home for me on many levels. I would love to discuss my thoughts, research, and conclusions that are evidence based.

    • Dr Charles Parker on 04/20/2018 at 6:16 AM

      Thanks, Debra, Will send you a note offline to help you connect with a Guest spot.

      • Debra D. Marek on 04/28/2018 at 11:31 PM

        Thank you Dr. Charles Parker. I would truly like that……

        Debra Marek, MSW, LSW

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