Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $1,200,000)
The MAT Expansion Project will expand in-custody access to MAT to reduce overdose deaths, reduce criminal behavior, and improve treatment retention and treatment outcomes for the population with moderate to severe opioid use disorder (OUD). Goals of the project include: increase access to MAT to incarcerated individuals already enrolled in a community opioid treatment program or office-based opioid treatment program prior to arrest, increase access to MAT by initiating two FDA-approved medications (methadone and buprenorphine) for OUD, improve treatment retention by providing in-custody behavioral therapies for substance use disorder and referral and linkage to care in the community upon release, and developing protocols to control medication diversion and offer ongoing staff training to address safety and security and the stigma associated with MAT as a treatment modality. This project serves the Louisville Metro City/County with a combined population estimated at 771,517. The project includes partnerships between three Louisville Metro agencies inlcuding Metro Corrections, and the MORE Center with programmatic oversight by the Criminal Justice Commission.