Supportive Courts: Integrating and Destigmatizing Opioid Use Disorder Treatment
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This training will provide information on how courts, specifically treatment courts, can support local Opioid Use Disorder treatment efforts. The training will address the stigma surrounding Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), provide evidence of treatment effectiveness for justice-involved populations, and encourage coordination with community and jail-based treatment programs to improve clinical and legal outcomes.
Medications Assisted Treatment (MAT) has been a polarizing effort that, despite its proven efficacy, has caused concern amongst drug courts and jail systems alike. As criminal justice leaders, it is imperative to use evidence-based practices that have reliable results in a rehabilitative setting, which can be mutually beneficial to both the courts as well as on an individual level. There are several reasons why MAT would be a suitable choice for treatment courts such as improved long-term outcomes, enriched federal funding, and a decrease in recidivism rates. MAT programming can increase an individual’s prospect at opiate recovery, and a decrease in recidivism rates. Additionally, these individuals are more likely to attend hearings and successfully complete their probationary period. There are several ways to initiate getting involved in these treatment programs, the first of which is to align with the current systems already in place both in jails and in the community.
The Center for Behavioral Health and Justice is proud to welcome the Honorable Shannon A. Holmes and Probation Director Wright N. Wade to share their experience leading specialty courts at the 36th District Court in Detroit, Michigan. This is part two of three in a series on Opioid Treatment Ecosystem implementation.
This training series is created with support from MDHHS in an effort to increase MAT integration in carceral settings.