Medication Assisted Treatment – Prescription Drug Opioid Addiction (MAT-PDOA)


In response to the opioid epidemic, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) has allocated one of its service grants to 11 states to implement activities over a three year period designated to combat this epidemic. The funding is geared toward assisting states that were identified as having the highest rates of primary treatment admissions for heroin and prescription opioids per capita and prioritizes those states with the most dramatic increases for heroin and opioids. As of September 2016, Arizona will receive $2,850,000 over the course of three years for treatment services for this targeted population. AHCCCS, as the Single State Agency for Substance Abuse Treatment, currently oversees the grant activities being operated by the selected Regional Behavioral Health Authorities (Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care and Cenpatico Integrated Care) and their contracted providers.

The primary goal of the MAT PDOA program is currently focused towards engaging individuals diagnosed with opioid use disorder and involved with the criminal justice system. Specifically focusing on outreaching and screening individuals within four months of release to engage them in medication assisted treatment (MAT) and provide care coordination as they reenter the community. The project also seeks to improve access to MAT services for these individuals by improving infrastructure and collaboration among criminal justice entities and Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs). The project will also expand infrastructure and build capacity for state, regional and local collaborators to implement integrated strength-based treatment planning, screening and assessment for co-occurring disorders for the target population by increasing participation in MAT services.

Initial Results

The program enrolled 138 clients between Jan. 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018. Initial data indicates a reduction in recidivism and crime.

Number of crimes committed.
Number of nights in jail.
Data collected from 56 MAT PDOA clients who completed an intake and a 6-month follow-up interview.

Data collected from 56 MAT PDOA clients who completed an intake and a 6-month follow-up interview.

See more: