Co-Investigator: Michael S. Gordon, D.P.A.
Co-Investigator: Frank J. Vocci, Ph.D.
Funded By: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Grant #: IU01DA025233-01A1
Total Project Period: 8/09 – 7/13
This study is a collaborative multi-site implementation of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in community corrections. This implementation study seeks to facilitate and enhance inter-organizational linkages and collaboration between CJ supervision settings (e.g. probation & parole) and community-based treatment settings where addiction pharmacotherapy is currently available within a given catchment area, while educating criminal justice employees about the effectiveness of MAT for individuals with opioid and/or alcohol dependence. The purpose of this implementation strategy is to improve the referral process of opioid- and alcohol-dependent adults under community supervision to ensure receipt of addiction pharmacotherapy when medically appropriate. By facilitating linkages to effective substance abuse treatment through closer collaboration among CJ agencies and treatment providers, significant benefits in terms of reducing adverse public health and public safety impacts, as well as benefits to the clients themselves, are likely to be achieved.