Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) - NCCHC Resources

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Support and Solutions for Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) or medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) is the standard of care for incarcerated individuals with opioid use disorder and includes FDA-approved medications buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone. To reduce legal liability and improve the health of incarcerated individuals with opioid use disorder and the communities in which they return, your facility may be considering implementing or expanding access to MAT. Our experts provide advice and strategies informed by decades of collective experience for every aspect of MAT. NCCHC Resources is uniquely equipped to ensure your success through the steps below.



It is essential to plan your MAT program ahead of implementation. Whether this is the beginning of offering buprenorphine, methadone, and/or naltrexone, or an expansion of your MAT program, our experts provide crucial support. NCCHC Resources will:

  • conduct a needs-assessment with your facility leadership and staff
  • prepare policies and procedures based on your goals and resources
  • provide guidance to ensure your program meets any relevant NCCHC Standards


Custom educational trainings for health care and security staff strengthen knowledge, buy-in, and coordination within interdisciplinary teams. Effective coordination between health care and custody staff is an essential component of any MAT program. Our training includes:

  • in-depth training on policies and procedures
  • best practices and advice from our team of nationwide administrative, clinical, and public health experts
  • a forum for open discussion on, and an opportunity to address, concerns and questions that staff may have regarding MAT


Our consultants provide guidance as you implement your program. This includes:

  • continuous quality improvement analyses
  • help identifying and solving roadblocks and inefficiencies
  • advice from intake to discharge planning


We provide an objective view of your MAT program as it matures, with regular on-site and remote evaluation and guidance for review. This service may be combined with an evaluation and ongoing monitoring of all health services in your facility.