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How to fund state MAT for inmates??

NASHP National Academy for State Health Policy 

States May Soon Have to Provide Medication-Assisted Treatment to Inmates, Here’s How to Fund It:

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*funding ideas + resources are provided in the article*

  • While there is strong evidence that medication-assisted treatment (MAT) promotes recovery, saves lives, and reduces re-incarceration, states must surmount significant policy and financial challenges to provide MAT in correctional settings.
  • The federal court ruled that preventing access to MAT is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 8th Amendment
  • Maryland passed legislation that requires facilities to assess inmates’ substance use status, treat those with OUD with MAT, and provide follow-up treatment and care coordination after release...treatment could eventually pay for itself in avoided costs from reduced incarceration rates.
  • Funding MAT implementation in county and state facilities and after inmates are released is a challenge in states that did not expand Medicaid.


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  • MAT not specifically for inmates, but discusses objections around MAT in general in California

    Learn more @ MAT for Opioid Use Disorder: Overcoming Objections


    MAT for Opioid Use Disorder: Overcoming Objections
    Note: This document was updated on July 23, 2019, to include objections and evidence-based responses that are often raised in correctional justice se…
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