Resources


Addiction 101

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Understand the basics of addiction, why some people are more susceptible to developing an addiction, and how to prevent and treat addiction.

This course highlights the brain science of addiction, including risk and protective factors, and different kinds of treatment.

Addiction Neuroscience 101

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This video presents an overview of the neurobiology of addiction.

Topics such as dopamine, brain functions, survival mode, GAPA receptors, opioid use disorder, and medication-assisted treatment are covered.

Challenging the Myths About Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)

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Common misconceptions about medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorder are clarified and explained in a user-friendly resource.

MAT is one of the most effective forms of therapy for substance use disorders but is widely misunderstood. Take a look at this infographic and separate fact from fiction!

Frequently Asked Questions: Data-Driven Justice and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provides answers to many of the most common questions and misperceptions regarding HIPAA.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is frequently characterized as a barrier to implementing a smarter, more data-driven approach to diverting the high-utilizer population and providing treatment and services. This document addresses what HIPAA restricts and—more importantly—how HIPAA can be used as a tool to better serve high-utilizers and other populations in your community.

MAT Statutes, Regulations, and Guidelines

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Learn about the federal statutes, regulations, and guidelines that apply to opioid treatment programs (OTPs) and medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

Federal statutes, regulations, and guidelines govern medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Division of Pharmacologic Therapies (DPT), part of the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), oversees accreditation standards and certification processes for opioid treatment programs (OTPs). DPT also works with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the states to regulate certain medications used in MAT. This online resource provides additional information on these regulations and criteria.

MAT Tools & Resources

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View a curated selection of useful tools and resources related to medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

This online resource offers a collection of tools and resources for providers, staff, and patients who offer or use medication-assisted treatment (MAT) services.

Medication-Assisted Treatment

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Medication-assisted treatment, including opioid treatment programs, combines behavioral therapy and medications to treat substance use disorders.

The Substance Use Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities (SUPPORT) Act affords practitioners greater flexibility in the provision of medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Learn more about MAT and the SUPPORT Act in this online resource.

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder Playbook

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This online resource serves as a practical guide for implementing medication-assisted treatment in primary care and other ambulatory care settings.

While the Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder Playbook (referred to as the MAT for OUD Playbook) aims to help providers in rural primary care, the information in the playbook should apply to other ambulatory care settings. This interactive, web-based product has the latest guidance, tools, and resources that address key aspects of implementation. The MAT for OUD Playbook aims to address the growing need for guidance as more primary care practices and health systems begin to implement MAT. The playbook’s framework is designed to be useful for practices implementing any array of MAT services.

Pocket Guide: Medication-assisted Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

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This guide is for physicians using medication-assisted treatment for patients with opioid use disorder.

The guide discusses various types of approved medications, screening and assessment tools, and best practices for patient care.

Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment for Criminal Justice Populations: A Research-Based Guide

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This guide presents research-based principles of addiction treatment to inform drug treatment programs and services in the criminal justice setting.

This booklet—a complement to NIDA’s Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide—is intended to describe the treatment principles and research findings that have particular relevance to the criminal justice community and to treatment professionals working with drug abusing offenders. It is divided into three main sections: (1) research findings on addicted offenders distilled into 13 essential principles, (2) a series of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about drug abuse treatment for those involved with the criminal justice system, and (3) a resource section that provides Web sites for additional information.

Screening and Assessment of Co-Occurring Disorders in the Justice System

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This study examines practices for screening and assessment of people in the justice system who have co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.

Use of evidence-based approaches for screening and assessment is likely to result in more accurate matching of offenders to treatment services and more effective treatment and supervision outcomes (Shaffer, 2011). This monograph is intended as a guide for clinicians, case managers, program and systems administrators, community supervision staff, jail and prison booking and healthcare staff, law enforcement, court personnel, researchers, and others who are interested in developing and operating effective programs for justice-involved individuals who have co-occurring mental and substance use disorders. Key systemic and clinical challenges are discussed, as well as state-of-the art approaches for conducting screening and assessment.

Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

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Learn about evidence-based and best practices of medication assisted treatment (MAT), overdose reversal medication, privacy regulations, and more.

This document is designed to further educate justice system professionals about opioid use disorder (OUD) and call attention to key issues surrounding medication assisted treatment (MAT), the evidence that underlies treatment types, best practices, and legal implications.

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic

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View information on the opioid epidemic on this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention webpage.

The webpage offers information on the three waves of opioid overdose deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's efforts to combat the opioid overdose epidemic, and links to additional resources related to the opioid epidemic.