An important training document was released on March 10, 2013 through the Bureau of Justice Assistance in the US Department of Justice. The Training Tool for Residential Substance Abuse Treatment: Medication Assisted Treatment for Offender Populations is an excellent guide based on evidence based practices. It was written by Nikki Miller, who is a senior program associate in the Advocates for Human Potential with a number of partners, including Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC).
This is an extremely forward thinking curriculum which is designed to increase knowledge and awareness of Medication Assisted Treatment for chronic opioid addiction and alcoholism.
I am providing the link for this groundbreaking report, which encourages the use of Medication Assisted Treatment for offender populations.
From our perspective, this advances an important recommendation from the National Institute of Health Consensus Statement of November 1997. “The panel calls attention to the need for opioid dependent persons under legal supervision to have access to MMT. The Office of National Drug Control Policy and the US Department of Justice should implement this recommendation”. Since the Bureau of Justice Assistance is part of the US Department of Justice, the Training Tool will be of great value and works in fulfillment of the NIH recommendation.
I encourage our colleagues to read and access this document as we expand access to Medication Assisted Treatment for opioid addiction in the Criminal Justice System. I know that you will find it to be of great interest.