Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in the Criminal Justice System: Brief Guidance to the States

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in the Criminal Justice System: Brief Guidance to the States

SAMHSA

Posted in: Medication Assisted Recovery
This brief provides guidance to state governments on increasing the availability of evidence-based medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in criminal justice (CJ) settings. By including the criminal justice system as a path to treatment, states may see an increase in access to and retention in treatment, and lower rates of overdoses, re-offending, and re-incarcerations. In this brief, states are provided an overview of the issue, the challenges to incorporating MAT, key considerations for establishing MAT in Criminal Justice settings, and existing standards/guidelines.