Medication-Assisted Treatment in Drug Courts Virtual Learning Community

SAMHSA’s GAINS Center is hosting a series of webinars and discussion groups focusing on the role of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in drug courts. Hear experts speak about a variety of topics, including how to overcome resistance among court staff, supporting recovery in the community, and practical resources for facilitating MAT provision in the drug court context. Open-format discussion groups will allow webinar participants to take a deeper dive into the material and pose questions to the speakers. Information on dates and registration will be posted below as it becomes available; you can also stay up to date by signing up for the GAINS Center mailing list.

Part 1: Addressing the Concerns of Court Staff about MAT

This event occurred on April 20, 2021. Read below or join the GAINS Center mailing list for information on future event announcements and registration.

Despite the documented efficacy of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and its designation as the “gold-standard” in the treatment of opioid use disorders, resistance among court officials and treatment providers has resulted in underutilization of this treatment option in some jurisdictions. This webinar identified barriers to MAT acceptance by prosecution, defense, judges, case managers, treatment providers, and other members of the treatment court team and outlined several approaches for addressing these common concerns about MAT. A site-specific strategy for providing training to drug court staff was discussed.

Objectives: 

After attending this webinar, attendees will be able to:  

  • Discuss the importance of MAT as a treatment response for persons with opioid use disorders. 
  • Understand common factors contributing to concerns around MAT among court officials court staff and treatment providers. 
  • Identify site-specific strategies to overcome MAT-related concerns.

Presenters

  • Andrew Brown, M.P.A., Program Coordinator, Ottawa County Recovery Court, Michigan
  • Hon. William G. Meyer, Ret., Senior Judicial Fellow, National Drug Court Institute, Virginia
  • Laurence M. Westreich, M.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine, New York

Part 1 has passed. Read below or join the GAINS Center mailing list for information on future event announcements and registration.

 

Part 2: Overcoming Barriers to Social Integration for Medication-Assisted Treatment (MATParticipants

May 27, 2021, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET; discussion group 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET

Personal recovery is promoted when individuals receiving medication-assisted treatment (MAT) have safe, stable, and drug-free housing; employment; and access to social support systems. Denial of services and supports to persons on MAT can pose challenging obstacles to recovery. This webinar will document barriers to social integration for persons on MAT and will outline strategies for overcoming these social barriers. 

Objectives: 

After attending this webinar, attendees will be able to:  

  • Understand common barriers experienced by persons on MAT related to obtaining housing, employment, and affiliation with social support groups. 
  • Identify strategies for working with housing providers, employers, and group facilitators to overcome these barriers. 
  • Identify site-specific implementation of these strategies. 

Click here to register for the Part 2 webinar and the discussion group taking place immediately afterward.

 

Part 3: Introducing the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) MOUD Toolkit

June 29, 2021, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET; discussion group 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET

In coordination with the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), this webinar will introduce the Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) Toolkit, which was developed with funding from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and is scheduled for release by NADCP in 2021. The Toolkit presents practical tools and resources for treatment court teams and will assist teams in their efforts to make critical connections with local jails and treatment providers. The emphasis of this webinar will be on fostering partnerships and developing agreements to ensure access to community-based treatment services and supports for drug court participants. 

Objectives: 

After attending this webinar, attendees will be able to:  

  • Identify practical tools and resources for linking treatment court teams with community-based treatment providers. 
  • Apply information from the MOUD Toolkit to efforts being implemented across the nation. 

Click here to register for the Part 3 webinar and the discussion group taking place immediately afterward.

 

 

Behavioral health, Criminal justice, GAINS, Recovery supports, Treatment courts