NASHP National Academy for State Health Policy
States May Soon Have to Provide Medication-Assisted Treatment to Inmates, Here’s How to Fund It:
*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.