PA Department of Corrections (DOC) MAT Program

Updated: Sep 10, 2020

By Mark Powell


Helping Former Prisoners Succeed on the Outside


“Corrections should correct.”


This is the motto that the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) lives by. With this and the research showing alarming rates of fatal overdoses after people are released from incarceration, the PA DOC decided to pilot a Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) program for people dealing with both addiction and incarceration. It’s designed to better equip an inmate’s recovery as they prepare to return to the general population.


“We believe in the capacity to change, but also understand how difficult overcoming addiction can be. Programs like this give people and those who are in their life a true opportunity for a new start,” says John Wetzel, Secretary of PA DOC.


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