The convergence of various factors highlight the need to understand the efficacy, use and implications of medication assisted treatment (MAT) for families receiving child welfare services. Individuals may be undergoing MAT for a variety of issues –mental health disorders, pain management and substance use. MAT for mental health issues can include use of psychotropic medications. MAT can be used to assist in pain management for both short and long-term conditions. Medical marijuana legislation further compounds the issue as individuals can be prescribed marijuana for pain management and other disorders. The advent of new medications highlight the need to understand MAT for substance use disorders.
In the first of this two-part series, presenters will provide an overview of medication assisted treatment for various issues and explore currently available medications. Practice and policy examples addressing the use of MAT in child welfare and dependency court jurisdictions will be presented and discussed.