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About Eliza Mette
Eliza Mette joined NASHP in June 2019 as a policy associate on the Chronic and Vulnerable Populations team. Prior to joining NASHP, Eliza practiced as a health care attorney at Kozak & Gayer, a health care law firm in Augusta, Maine. Eliza also served as a Cancer Research Training Award Fellow with the National Cancer Institute where she focused on global health, health disparities, and metabolomics, all within the context of cancer research. Eliza graduated cum laude from the George Washington University with a BS in public health and magna cum laude from the University of Maine School of Law.
Entries by Eliza Mette
In the wake of a nearly 30% increase in drug overdose fatalities within a single year, states have been grappling with how to reduce overdose deaths, including exploring new approaches to penalizing the use of substances. Aligning to Biden administration priorities to increase access to treatment services and address racial inequities in drug policy, some state approaches specifically target interventions to respond to disproportionately high numbers of Black and Latinx Americans who are […]
Recent court decisions mandating access to medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) for people who are incarcerated have contributed to emerging state policy reforms. State prisons and local jails are expanding access to such services to avoid running afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other federal law. Over the past several years, individuals in treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) facing jail or prison time […]
Like many states, Maine has two incarceration systems – a state prison system and 15 county-run jails, which historically took different approaches to treating opioid use disorder. While the state prison has provided medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) since 2019, counties took diverse approaches until an initiative led by Penobscot County Sheriff Troy Morton, president of the Maine Sheriff’s Association, worked with the state Department of Corrections to develop a […]