Implementing Medications for Opioid Use Disorder in Jails and Prisons: Lessons from the Field


The National Council for Behavioral Health is holding a webinar on Tuesday, February 25 from 2-3:30pm ET to discuss the topic of “Medications for Opioid Use Disorder in Jails and Prisons.” More information is included below. Register here!

To assist jurisdictions with planning and implementing medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) programs in correctional facilities, the National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) and Vital Strategies developed a toolkit providing key action steps, resources, and tools to facilitate the adoption of MOUD in jails and prisons. Toolkit development was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Join our webinar on tomorrow to hear national experts provide guidance on steps to implement MOUD within jails and prisons. Participants will also, learn how the National Council and Vital Strategies’ newly released Medication-assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Jails and Prisons: A Planning and Implementation Toolkit can help and will hear directly from three experts who have successfully implemented MOUD in their correctional facilities.

Key takeaways will include practical examples on how to:

  • Understand research and practice for the treatment of people with opioid use disorder who are incarcerated.
  • Navigate operational barriers and implement evidence-based practices that reduce the risk of overdose and recidivism.
  • Develop a care continuum that includes screening, treatment, recovery services, and links to community care.
  • Identify existing resources and tools to guide implementation efforts.