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MAT: Preventing Diversion is a Shared Responsibility

Author: Jessica Norton, MA, LCMHC, MLADC. What is MAT and Why? Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to treat Substance Use Disorder (SUD), sustain recovery, and prevent overdose. Research shows that a combination of medication and therapy can successfully treat SUD.  MAT is clinically effective and can reduce the need for inpatient detoxification services.  The treatment approach of MAT improves patient survival, increases retention in treatment, and decreases illicit opioid use and other

The Importance of Behavioral Health Treatment in Correctional Health Care

Authors: Emily Scordellis, PsyD, CCHP and Tommy Williams, BSN, RN, CCHP. Why is this so important? In correctional health care, the significance of behavioral health treatment cannot be overstated, and it is an essential component of a quality health care program. Behavioral health issues, including mental health and substance use disorders, are prevalent among incarcerated individuals, necessitating specialized attention and comprehensive interventions. Recognizing and addressing behavioral health issues is part of a holistic and proactive approach to the health of incarcerated individuals, while

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