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Medicine for Opioid Use Disorders: Considerations for Judges and Justice Stakeholders

Chief Judge Kim McGinnis PhD. JD, BS, Pueblo of Pojoaque Tribal Court, Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico


Target Audience: Judges

Webinar Description: Judge Kim McGinnis, PhD, will use her training in neuropharmacology and as a treatment court judge to dive into the neuroscience and practicalities of medicine for opioid use for justice-involved individuals. Judge McGinnis will describe how changes commonly found in the brain of people struggling with substance misuse and trauma may lead to unexpected behaviors. This will help justice stakeholders better understand why sometimes justice-involved people respond in unexpected ways to services and court requirements. The judge will explain the mechanisms of different substances of misuse and medicine for opioid use disorder. The audience will learn from a judge’s perspective how MOUD enhances outcomes and saves lives. 

Educational Objectives:


  1. Understand the mechanisms of action in the brain of opioids versus other substances of misuse that may lead to dependency.
  1. Describe how medicine for opioid use disorder alleviates OUD symptoms and improves outcomes for justice-involved individuals.
  1. Recognize how changes to brain architecture and function related to trauma and substance misuse may lead justice-involved individuals to act in unexpected ways.


Certificate Instructions

Requirements for successful activity completion:

In order to successfully complete this activity and obtain your Certificate, you will be required to:

  1. Course Content: Complete the pre-reflection question and view the recorded presentation.

  2. Click Survey and answer the questions to the best of your ability.
    Upon completion of this survey, it will unlock and allow you to proceed to the final course evaluation. 

  3. Click Evaluation to complete the final PCSS course evaluation.

  4. Following your completion of the evaluation, you must select and claim your certificate on the next page. Once claimed, a download button will appear in your transcript. If you do not see the download button or can not access your certificate, return to the course evaluation, and claim your certificate.

  5. You will then have access to your Certificate of Completion. 
Note: This archived webinar is not designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

If you have any questions or you do not receive your certificate, please email 

Availability: On-Demand
Access expires on 05/08/2026
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1 Attendance Credit
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Funding for this initiative was made possible by cooperative agreement no. 1H79TI086770 and grant no. 1H79TI085588 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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