Detention Dilemma: Mobilizing MAT in Local Corrections Facilities at #MACoCon

Implementing medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in county detention centers continues to pose challenges despite collaborative effort between state and local governments. 

Local, state, and community collaborators have been working hard to make medication-assisted treatment available in all county detention centers for individuals found to have an opioid use disorder. The 2023 MACo Summer Conference will host a group of officials who have been doing this work, on the ground, to make these valuable resources available to vulnerable individuals. This work is specifically able to reach communities that are struggling and those people often found to be most at-risk to experience a fatal overdose. This panel represents your county’s ideal sources for insights on how to move forward with MAT in local detention centers.

Title: Detention Dilemma: Mobilizing MAT in Local Corrections Facilities

Description: The deadline to implement medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in county jails has come and gone. While all jails have made progress, many still struggle with insufficient state funding, workforce barriers, and medication challenges. However, with the right leadership and vision, our local detention centers can help rebuild lives and redirect people toward a better path. This presentation will illuminate the implementation difficulties, provide a progress update, and propose ways for the state to collaborate with county jails to ensure these resources are streamlined, giving vulnerable inmates the unencumbered support they need and deserve.


  • Mary Ann Thompson – Warden, St. Mary’s County
  •  Christopher Klein – Superintendent, Department of Detention Facilities, Anne Arundel County
  •  Brandi Cahn – Assistant Director of Justice Reinvestment, Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services
  •  Dr. Marc Richman – Principal, Health Management Associates

Moderator: The Honorable Delegate Luke Clippinger

Date/Time: Thursday, August 17, 2023; 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The 2023 MACo Summer Conference will be held at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD from August 16-19. This year’s theme is “Where The Rubber Meets the Road.” More information can be found on our conference website.

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Questions? Contact Virginia White