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Jail & Prison Toolkit

Posted 3/30/2021 (updated 4/5/2024)

Evaluation of Maine DOC’s Medication-Assisted Treatment Pilot Program

  • The high rate of opioid misuse and subsequent addiction is an ongoing national and local public health crisis. While there are numerous statewide efforts underway in Maine to reduce rates of opioid prescribing, prevent diversion, and increase access to treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD), rates of opioid-related deaths remain high in the state. When provided in correctional settings as part of the rehabilitation and re-entry process, MAT can reduce opioid related morbidity and mortality; contribute to long-term recovery; and reduce recidivism.

Medication- Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Jails and Prisons

  • This toolkit provides correctional administrators and health care providers the information necessary to plan and implement MAT programs within jails and prisons. Organized by core components, each section offers actionable steps, implementation questions, real-world case examples, checklists, tools and resources drawn from the latest research, subject matter experts and experiences from diverse settings across the U.S. Examples of some of the tools and resources found in the toolkit include:
    • Links to guidance from relevant professional trade associations.
    • Links to screening and assessment tools.
    • Strategies to reduce medication diversion.
    • A table to help estimate the total MAT patient population.
    • A calculator to estimate the costs of providing buprenorphine.
    • A flowchart on how to become an opioid treatment program (OTP).
    • A list of no-cost training resources.
    • Sample forms for patient information and consent. Sample policies and operating procedures.
    • Monitoring and evaluation metrics.