The American Opioid Epidemic in Special Populations: Five Examples

This discussion paper from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic looks at how the opioid epidemic in America affects 5 special populations: justice-involved individuals, people living in rural communities, veterans, adolescents and young adults, and people who inject drugs. Continue reading

Peer Support Roles in Criminal Justice Settings

An overview of peer support services provided in the criminal justice setting from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Provides descriptions of the roles and responsibilities and key characteristics of different peer support roles, describes how to use the sequential intercept model to explore peer support roles in criminal justice settings, and presents best practices in recruiting, hiring and retaining peer support staff. Continue reading

Medication Assisted Treatment – Law Enforcement, Corrections and Justice Settings

The use of medication assisted treatment (MAT) has increasingly been adopted in justice settings including correctional facilities, re-entry programs, and treatment courts. This collection includes:

  • An 11 minute video featuring the stories of individuals who achieved recovery from addiction through receiving medication-assisted treatment (MAT) while in jail
  • A comprehensive toolkit from the National Council on Behavioral Health and Vital Strategies to guide correctional staff in creating and managing medication assisted treatment programs for individuals with opioid use disorder in jails and prisons
  • A 2019 overview from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of MAT in criminal justice settings
  • A 2019 report from the O’Neill Institute for Global Health Law on legal, legislative and fiscal strategies to implement MAT in correctional facilities, treatment courts and the child welfare system
  • A report from the National Sheriff’s Association and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care on implementing MAT programs in the jail setting
  • A guide from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services and Bureau of Justice Assistance to preventing and addressing medication diversion for medication assisted treatment (MAT) programs in correctional facilities
  • A report from the Legal Action Center on MAT in treatment courts
  • A report from the National Judicial Opioid Task Force on MAT for youth and young adults with justice-involvement
  • An overview from the National Judicial Opioid Task Force of MAT in criminal justice settings
  • A report from the National Judicial Opioid Task Force describing promising strategies for increasing access to MAT in rural areas
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Model Deflection to Treatment Act

This model legislation is designed to help state legislatures create programs in their states that allow law enforcement officers to divert some individuals with substance use disorders or mental health conditions away from arrest and prosecution to treatment and other supportive services. Continue reading

Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Program Video

A 12 minute video that explains the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program through a conversation with a client, police officer and case management. The LEAD program seeks to provide a pre-diversion program that treats addiction as a public health issue rather than seeking arrest and court involvement. Continue reading

Police Treatment and Community Collaborative

Website for the Police Treatment and Community Collaborative (PTACC), an alliance of individuals working in law enforcement, behavioral health, community, advocacy, research and public policy whose mission is to enhance pre-arrest diversion pathways to treatment and social services. Continue reading