Sheriff Koutoujian participates in Expert Panel on Medication-Assisted Treatment

Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian was among the national experts to participate in a discussion on implementation of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs.

Sheriff Koutoujian was invited to participate in the dialogue convened by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) due to their leadership in implementing programs to assist individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs). The goal of the convening was to develop guidance for implementing MAT programs across the criminal justice system to assist individuals with SUDs. Sheriff Koutoujian is a nationally recognized leader for their efforts to address the opioid crisis in Massachusetts. In addition to participating in today’s convening, Sheriff Koutoujian has previously presented on the MSO’s Medication Assisted Treatment and Opioid Recovery (MATADOR) program at the White House.

“As we all seek to stem the tide of the opioid epidemic, nothing could be more important than learning from one another and sharing best practices,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “This convening provided an opportunity to do both.”

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