September 7, 2022 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Virtual Event
SAMHSA's GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation

Barriers and Facilitators of Jail-Based Medication-Assisted Treatment Programs: Setting up for Success

Providing continuity of care and access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders is a critical component of jail-based healthcare services; however, many jails face challenges in providing MAT to a rapidly revolving population quickly, safely, and effectively. The state-wide expansion of MAT across jails in New Jersey has provided an opportunity for the field to learn more about the barriers and opportunities jails may navigate in offering MAT.
This webinar will present the research of Dr. Noa Krawczyk and her team, which studied the barriers and facilitators of New Jersey’s statewide jail-based MAT initiative. The New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, which led the initiative, will share how jails are handling the reentry process and connecting participants with local providers. Camden County Jail, one of the study participants, will also present on the strategies they developed to provide MAT and better set up individuals leaving their jail for success in treatment delivery and retention.


At the conclusion of this webinar, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the importance of jail-based MAT to treatment access, continuity of care, and recovery for individuals transitioning from jails back into their communities.
  • List five barriers and facilitators of jail-based MAT programs.
  • Describe three strategies to address some of the challenges jails face in providing MAT to a rapidly revolving population.


  • Noa Krawczyk, PhD, Assistant Professor, Center for Opioid Epidemiology and Policy, Department of Population Health, NYU Grossman School of Medicine, New York
  • Karen N. Taylor, MA, Warden, Camden County Department of Corrections, New Jersey
  • Sharon Bean, MPA, Camden County Jail Population Manager, Camden County Department of Corrections, New Jersey
  • Steven M. Fishbein, MS, CRC, LRC, Deputy Assistant Division Director, Office of Treatment and Recovery Support, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Department of Human Services, New Jersey

Nevada Certification Board Approved

This learning event has been approved for peer recovery and support specialist (PRSS) renewal continuing education credits (PRSS) and interested community health workers by the Nevada Certification Board.

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