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Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Click HERE to review the DOC's plan to expand its use of Medication Assisted Treatment to combat the drug epidemic Pennsylvania is facing. Click HERE for the accessible version.

 

NEW!!! Secretary Wetzel's guest editorial in the Carlisle Sentinel: 
Anti-drug approach underway in state's prisons (July 20, 2016)
 

 

VIDEO  Massachusetts, Missouri and Pennsylvania corrections officials and offenders discuss Medication Assisted Treatment.

 

VIDEO - Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) 
DOC Secretary John Wetzel explains the DOC's MAT program, who's eligible and why it is necessary. 

 

In order to help offenders return home after incarceration and be successful with that reentry, we need to deal with offender addiction.  Addiction is a problem facing all areas of our communities all across our nation.
 
Through assessment of inmates upon reception into the state prison system, we know that 65 percent of those offenders suffer from some sort of addiction.
 
While the DOC has always provided drug and alcohol treatment, we've always done it the same way for a long time.  The disease is not the crime.  For us to achieve our goal of having people leave our system better people and less likely to commit new crimes, we have to do better at addressing the disease of addiction.
 
For other, medical-type diseases, like diabetes, medication is a normal part of the treatment, along with better diet and a change in behavior.  Medication assists people in staying healthy.
 
For some reason, we haven't translated MAT into our approach with drug and alcohol addiction.
 
This is changing in our agency.  No longer will we continue to do the same thing.  We now are going to begin using a Medication Assisted Treatment approach to helping offenders break their addictions.
 
This page is dedicated to keeping everyone informed about this concept and the process the DOC will use.
 
Please view the video and visit this page regularly to stay informed about this promising approach to addiction treatment.  Links to informational documents and websites are provided at the right hand side of this page.

 

Click HERE to review the DOC's plan to expand its use of Medication Assisted Treatment to combat the drug epidemic Pennsylvania is facing. Click HERE for the accessible version.


 Page last updated 07/18/2016