Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Criminal Justice Settings

$10.00 | CE Hours:2.00 | Intermediate

IAODAPCA CE Credit for Counselor I or II, Preventionist I or II, CARS I or II, CODP I or II, PCGC II, CCJP I or II, CAAP I, CRSS I or II, CPRS I or II, MAATP I or II, CFPP II, CVSS II

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CE Course Description

Following incarceration, individuals with OUD enter back into the environment where their substance use originated.  Unfortunately, this puts the individual at high risk for relapse and their tolerance for opioids is reduced while incarcerated, putting the individual at high risk for overdose.  This CE course explains policies and practices that can be implemented to intervene during an individual’s time in the correctional system and upon release that moderate and mitigate the risk of overdose for persons with OUD after release.

Author:  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Use of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Criminal Justice Settings.  HHS Publication No. PEP19-MATUSECJS Rockville, MD: National Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Laboratory.  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  (2019, July).

References / Contributions by:

National Center for Health Statistics. (2018). Wide-ranging online data for epidemiologic research (WONDER). Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Available from http:// ?

Berg, J. (2019). Breaking the cycle: Medication assisted treatment (MAT) in the criminal justice system. Retrieved from https://blog.samhsa. gov/2019/03/15/breaking-the-cycle-medication- assisted-treatment-mat-in-the-criminal-justice- system.

SoaresIII,W.E.,Wilson,D.,Gordon,M.S.,Lee,J.D., Nunes, E. V., O’Brien, C. P. et al. (2019). Incidence of future arrests in adults involved in the criminal justice system with opioid use disorder receiving extended release naltrexone compared to treatment as usual. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 194, 482-486.

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CE Course Objectives

1.  Describe one of the most effective ways to prevent misuse or diversion of prescription medications.

2.  Explain the factor that best distinguishes effective from ineffective prison and jail-based MAT programs.

3.  Evaluate the duration of time, which is common practice in many jails and prisons, that administration of MAT offers no beneficial effects.

4.  Identify which medication does not require special licensure or certification to administer and may be prescribed or dispensed by any licensed medical practitioner or pharmacist.

CE Outline with Main Points

1.  Use of Medication-Assisted Treatment in Criminal Justice Settings

a.  Key Definitions

b.  The Opioid Epidemic

c.  Medications Used in Medication-Assisted Treatment

d.  Economic Costs

e.  Availability of Medication-Assisted Treatment within the Criminal Justice System

f.  Why Is It So Difficult to Incorporate Medication-Assisted Treatment into the Criminal Justice System?

g.  Promising Programs and Practices That Support The Use of Medication-Assisted Treatment

2.  Effectiveness of Medication-Assisted Treatment in Criminal Justice Settings

a.  Withdrawal and Cravings

b.  Treatment Entry and Retention

c.  Illicit Opioid Use

d.  Criminal Recidivism

e.  Overdose Risk

f.  Health Risk Behaviors

g.  Which Medication is Better?

h.  Choice of Medications

i.  Best Practices for Medication-Assisted Treatment in the Criminal Justice System

j.  Preventing Misuse

3.  Examples of Medication-Assisted Treatment Programs in Criminal Justice Settings

4.  Addressing Challenges to Implementing Evidence-Based Practices and Programs in Criminal Justice Settings

5.  Resources to Support Effective Use of Medication-Assisted Treatment in Criminal Justice Settings



Social Work Approval

Social Work CE Credit for this course is offered with the following approvals. Many state boards of social work will accept the approvals listed. Provider Approvals by state and license type can be found here.

  • Quantum Units Education is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT Provider #89970, to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEP. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
  • Florida board for Social Workers CE Provider #50-8650 (Quantum 'immediately' reports CE Credits to Florida licensees) 
  • Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, License No. 159.001261 approved CE Sponsor
  • Ohio CSWMFTB #RCST091701 approved CE Provider
  • Texas Board of SWE #5070 approved CE Provider
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This course is CAADE approved.


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Added On: 07/01/2019

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