National Drug Court Survey (004)


Study Information

Expanding the use of medications for addiction treatment (MAT) in specialty courts is a national priority of the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Office of Justice Programs (2018). Providing MAT in community settings, for justice-involved clients or family dependency, is especially challenging given that few problem-solving courts provide medical services, few have treatment budgets, most rely upon local treatment resources, and partnerships are challenging. This administrative supplement will assist in understanding two issues: 1) the current utilization of MAT among problem-solving courts; and 2) the barriers and facilitators to the utilization of MAT in problem-solving court settings.

Study Settings: Courts

Grant number: U2CDA050097

Link to NIH Reporter record:

Study Team

PI: Michael Gordon, DPA, Faye Taxman

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Study Aims

• Survey problem-solving courts to estimate the prevalence of access to MAT and the number of justice-involved individuals that use MAT as part of their problem-solving court experience

• From the perspective of community supervision/problem-solving case managers and treatment providers that work directly with problem solving court participants, examine the service delivery issues related to using MAT regarding their own role and their experience in working with participants and their perspectives of the value of MAT in helping participants deal with recovery

• Assess the facilitators and barriers for access to and use of MAT for individuals with opioid and alcohol use disorders in problem solving courts

• Conduct an exploratory analysis of the impact that community-level resource attributes have on the utilization of MAT by different types of problem solving courts

Research Type

Accelerator Supplement, Survey