Policymakers & Community Leaders

Fentanyl, Carfentanil, and Their Analogs in the Courthouse

Source: National Judicial Opioid Task Force

News reports of first responder’s adverse reactions to synthetic opioids like fentanyl have led to concerns about the risks of the substances for court personnel. This briefing paper from the National Judicial Opioid Task Force discusses the risks of fentanyl and similar substances to court personnel and recommends

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Policymakers & Community Leaders

Sample Court Transfer Agreement – State and Federal Courts

Source: National Judicial Opioid Task Force

Treatment courts have established themselves as a proven alternative to incarceration for individuals with substance use disorders and justice involvement. Unfortunately, individuals charged in federal court rarely have access to treatment court programs. In 2015, judges in Montana created an memorandum of understanding (MOU) to allow for

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Policymakers & Community Leaders

Creating a Local or Regional Judicial Opioid Task Force

Source: National Judicial Opioid Task Force

This guide serves as a resource for judges on how to take a leadership role in their community or region in convening stakeholders to collaborate on solutions to the opioid crisis.

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Policymakers & Community Leaders

The Court’s Role in Reshaping the Child Welfare System to Focus on Prevention

Source: National Judicial Opioid Task Force

This 2019 publication from the National Judicial Opioid Task Force focuses on how judges and the judicial system can help reshape the child welfare system in the midst of the opioid epidemic by strengthening families and focusing on prevention. The report includes a discussion of the Family First Prevention Services Act and how the law affects judicial decision-making.

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

Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

This 2019 publication by SAMHSA discusses the challenges to providing medication assisted treatment in criminal justice settings such as correctional facilities, reentry programs, and treatment courts and provides policy makers with strategies to overcome these challenges. Funding Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

Source: National Judicial Opioid Task Force

This report from the National Judicial Opioid Task Force provides information about medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD) . It includes a description of MAT medications and legal considerations about MAT.

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