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Module 21: Introduction to the Criminal Justice System and MAT
There is an over-representation of individuals with substance use disorders in the criminal justice system. This can be true for individuals with opioid use disorders in need of MAT. Healthcare practitioners treating justice-involved patients may have limited information about how the criminal justice system is constructed and how best to help their patients who are at risk for disruption in care and treatment due to arrest, court oversight and incarceration. This information can be helpful given challenges when MAT becomes difficult to access due to the constraints of the justice system. Although the justice system is becoming more aware of the importance of MAT, it is important also for healthcare providers to have awareness of the justice system to best help support their patients. This educational activity provides an overview and basic information about the criminal justice system from arrest to incarceration to re-entry.
Target Audience
Physicians, nurses, and healthcare teams who are treating patients with substance use disorder (SUD).
Debra A. Pinals, MD | Director, Program in Psychiatry, Law, and Ethics; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry University of Michigan
Credit Designations Available
Interprofessional Continuing Education credit, AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, and Nursing Contact Hours.
Core Competencies as a result of participating in this activity
Interpersonal Skills and Communication
Medical Knowledge
Patient Care
Educational Objectives
At the conclusion of this activity participants should be able to:

Describe police lock up, jails, prisons, court systems, probation, and parole
Discuss pathways for persons with opioid use disorders who encounter the criminal justice system and importance of MAT across systems of care
Describe opportunities for the MAT provider working with justice-involved individuals to enhance treatment outcomes
Method of participating in the learning process
In order to receive maximum credit, learners must:

1. Review the materials provided in this module.
2. Earn a minimum cumulative score of 80% on the post-test.
3. Complete an evaluation to assess satisfaction and plans for individual and/or team practice change.
4. Follow instructions at the end of the course regarding how to retrieve a certificate.*

*Credit will not be awarded unless all components of the program are completed. Partial credit will not be awarded.
Availability: On-Demand
Expires on 01/26/2023
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1 CME Credit
1 Other Professionals Credit
1 Nursing Credit
1 IPCE Credit
The content on this site is intended solely to inform and educate medical professionals. This site shall not be used for medical advice and is not a substitute for the advice or treatment of a qualified medical professional.

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant nos. 6H79TI081968 and 1H79TI083343 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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