Barriers and Facilitators of Jail-based Medication-assisted Treatment Programs: Setting Up for Success

September 7, 2022

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According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA's) GAINS Center, providing continuity of care and access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders is a critical component of jail-based healthcare services; however, many jails face challenges to providing MAT to a rapidly revolving population quickly, safely, and effectively. The state-wide expansion of MAT across jails in New Jersey has provided an opportunity for the field to learn more about the barriers and opportunities jails may navigate in offering MAT.

This GAINS Center webinar will present the research of Dr. Noa Krawczyk and her team, which studied the barriers and facilitators of New Jersey’s statewide jail-based MAT initiative. The NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services which led the initiative will share how jails are handling the reentry process and connecting participants with local providers. Camden County Jail, one of the study participants, will also present on the strategies they developed to provide MAT and better set up individuals leaving their jail for success in treatment delivery and retention.


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