Resources for Correctional Officers and Staff

A resource available to assist jail and prison staff in the implementation of medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) programs. It specifically aims to help guide program structure, reduce diversion and identify funding resources. Please explore the comprehensive toolkits from SAMHSA and other national organizations for additional implementation resources.

The National Commission on Correctional Healthcare and the National Sheriffs’ Association

Jail-Based Medication-Assisted Treatment: Promising Practices, Guidelines, and Resources for the Field

This resource introduces what has been learned from sheriffs’ and jail administrators’ innovative use of MOUD. The toolkit describes the essential components of the programs. It includes best practices; existing standards and guidelines; and case studies with lessons learned. Notably, it also includes resources for developing, implementing and sustaining the program.

Fair and Just Prosecution and Law Enforcement Action Partnership

Law Enforcement Calls for Medication-Assisted Treatment Programs in Correctional Facilities

Criminal Justice Leaders Endorse Harm Reduction Approaches to Save Lives, Improve Public Safety.

The Opioid Response Network

Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) in Corrections 

The Opioid Response Network (ORN) has facilitated conferences on implementing MOUD in correctional setting. Their website documents all the material presented at the conference.


MAT [MOUD] Inside Correctional Facilities: Addressing Medication Diversion

This action brief provides criminal justice stakeholders, correctional facility leadership and correctional staff with helpful strategies & techniques to reduce diversion of MOUD medications. The information for this brief was developed by a panel of correctional leaders & experts throughout the US.

American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD)

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in the Justice System

This fact sheet was developed by the AATOD to provide an overview of the MOUD medications and the legal and policy considerations for using MOUD for OUD in the justice system.

Legal Action Center

Medication-Assisted Treatment in Drug Courts: Recommended Strategies

This report from the Legal Action Center is designed to assist drug court practitioners in understanding MOUD for OUD and incorporating MOUD into their practice.


Joint Public Correctional Policy on the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders for Justice Involved Individuals

This policy statement from the ACA and ASAM developed recommendations for correctional systems and programs to provide evidence-based care to individuals with opioid use disorders.

Health Management Associates

County Jail MOUD Expansion Initiative (Toolkit)

This toolkit, used to support Pennsylvania’s MOUD program, contains a plethora of resources for technical assistance in MOUD program development. Resources include:

  1. Bureau of Justice Assistance

    Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP)

    The purpose of this BJA resource is to provide financial and technical assistance to states, units of local government and Indian tribal governments to develop, implement, or expand comprehensive efforts to identify, respond to, treat and support those impacted by illicit opioids, stimulants and other drugs of abuse.

    American Correctional Association (ACA)

    Medication Assisted Treatment: Effective Application in Jails and Prisons Webinar (2016)

    This webinar from the ACA discusses the need for MAT programs in the correctional field, provides examples of MOUD programs operating in correctional settings and describes the evaluation and outcomes of MOUD programs.

    Einstein Expert Panel

    Medication-Assisted Treatment and the Criminal Justice System (2011) 

    This report of proceedings details a panel of 20 experts in the fields of substance abuse, mental health and criminal justice.

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