Substance Disorders in Correctional Settings

There are expectations in tribal court, drug court, jail and prison that are the same and that reflect policies that exceed the mission of general SUD care.  Therapy and doctor’s orders are court orders.  Evolving the fiat judicial-medical partnership is like dating and being honest with humanistic listening may force a long lasting relationship that will weather many storms, fate and critical melt downs.  What brings providers and judges together and what destroys trust irreconcilably. Lessons in homelessness are needed as this is here to stay.

John Lepley, DO

Jon Lepley, DO

AOAAM President Elect

Jon Lepley, DO received his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and he completed his Family Medicine residency training at Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center. He is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians, with a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Addiction Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and he is recognized as a Certified Correctional Health Professional by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. He has been conferred Fellow status by the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Lepley spent many formative years of practice providing healthcare within the Philadelphia Department of Prisons, wherein he pioneered a program which provides Medication Assisted Treatment to individuals suffering from opioid use disorder. His work in Philadelphia has been recognized by the College of Physicians of Philadelphia Section of Public Health and his program has been presented on a national level, garnering interest from large correctional systems across the country. Dr. Lepley’s clinical interests also include recognition of physician impairment and promotion of physician wellness. In this regard, he volunteers his time to serve on an Advisory Committee for the Pennsylvania Physician Health Program. His current professional role is with Penn Medicine as Medical Director of Addiction Medicine for the Lancaster General Health system.


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