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Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in Justice Populations

The science of MAT as a tool for criminal justice practitioners is evolving. Research has consistently demonstrated the value of these therapies in decreasing the symptoms of detoxification, improving offender management and the attendant cost savings, and increasing an opiate-involved offender’s overall prospects for success and compliance with the terms of their sentence and other treatment mandates. 

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In 2016, Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC) and the Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center formerly housed at Jane Addams College of Social Work University of Illinois at Chicago published an implementation under a cooperative agreement from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT).

This implementation brief was developed to assist criminal justice practitioners in realizing the clinical, practical, logistical, and financial benefits of using medication-assisted therapies (MAT) with their opiate-involved adult populations.