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Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in the Criminal Justice System: Brief Guidance to the States

The opioid epidemic has significantly penetrated the criminal justice (CJ) system. This brief provides guidance to state governments on increasing the availability of evidence-based MAT in CJ settings. By including the CJ system as a path to treatment, states may see an increase in access to and retention in treatment, and lower rates of overdoses, re-offending, and re-incarcerations. In this brief, states are provided an overview of the issue, the challenges to incorporating MAT, key considerations for establishing MAT in CJ settings, and existing standards/guidelines.

Inventory#: PEP19-MATBRIEFCJS  |  Download the Brief Guidance

Contact Lynn Cooper, RCPA Drug & Alcohol Division Director, with questions.

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Governor Wolf is removing pre-authorization requirements for some medications used in the treatment of opioid addiction. In an effort to help people get treatment more quickly, the state will remove a pre-authorization requirement for Medicaid recipients prescribed some types of medication which are helpful for recovery. Pre-authorization can take up to 24 hours to process, and the administration hopes the change will prevent situations where people struggling with addiction must decide whether to pay out of pocket for the medication, risk going into painful withdrawal, or make no changes at all. Treatments like Suboxone and Vivitrol require a prescription from a doctor; they often also require a pre-authorization from insurance. With the waiver in place, a prescription alone will be enough to ensure that Medicaid recipients receive coverage for such treatments. See the Governor’s press release here.