Calipatria State Prison (CAL) recently hosted its first Integrated Substance Use Disorder Treatment (ISUDT) Trivia Day Fair. The goal was to educate all staff about ISUDT.
As staff entered or exited the main staff entrance they were greeted by ISUDT Ambassadors who encouraged them to participate in the spinning of the game wheel. Once the employee spun the wheel, they were sent to a trivia table to answer a basic ISUDT question. Candy was awarded to everyone who participated and staff members answering their ISUDT questions correctly earned a chance to win gift cards to local restaurants. Prizes ranging from tablets, Echo dots and earbuds were also awarded.
Chief Deputy Warden Sean Moore Sr., said, “Although staff can be reluctant to embrace change, this event allowed CAL’s ISUDT Ambassador Team to present information and educate staff in a creative and fun manner.”
ISUDT is a comprehensive approach to treating Substance Use Disorder (SUD) in California prisons. ISUDT requires active involvement of all program areas within CDCR and CCHCS in order to provide timely and effective evidence-based treatment and transition services to incarcerated individuals with SUD. The long-term goals of ISUDT are to reduce SUD-related morbidity and mortality, and recidivism.
ISUDT Ambassador Samantha Lopez said, “The ISUDT program represents hope for the population.”
“I have been with CDCR for over 20 years and this is the first event where information about a new program was presented in a fun and interactive way,” said Correctional Sergeant D. Garcia. “CAL’s ISUDT Ambassador Team did an outstanding job at introducing me to ISUDT fundamentals.”