DUI MAT Best Practice Category



Best Practices for educating clients and staff. Sub-categories include:

  • Posters and Handouts – Education Materials
  • Intake Procedures
  • Group Sessions
  • Education Classes
  • Face to Face Sessions
  • Staff Training
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Posters and Handouts

Posters and Handouts – Educational Materials

  • Post OUD, Poly SUD, Pain Management and Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) informational posters in common client and staff areas.
  • Have handouts on OUD, Poly SUD, Pain Management, MAT and other OUD materials in common client areas.
  • Educate counselors on having informational handouts available for clients.
  • Provide handouts to all clients during intake and at education sessions.
  • Utilize all DUI MAT provided posters and handouts including the MAT client handout, Marijuana SUD, Poly SUD, and pain management.
  • Direct mail informational handouts/postcards to people who are on leave of absence or otherwise not attending program.
  • If possible, print handouts in color on heavy paper as people tend to hold onto a higher quality piece.
  • Utilize technology to distribute the information such as posting handouts on a website, adding a link to handouts in an email signature or emailing the handouts to a client directly (with the proper release).


Intake Procedures

  • Educate clients on the assessment process and purpose including why assessments are provided and how that can benefit them.
  • Implement a prescreen for OUD/Poly SUD for every new client.
  • Inform clients that additional treatment resources are available in their community and the DUI program can help them identify appropriate services.


Group Sessions

  • Incorporate group topics for OUD/Poly SUD and MAT to inform and encourage clients to explore their substance use history and potential risk factors.
  • Encourage Journaling. Whether clients write their own reflective notes or complete written exercises that allow for exploration and self-disclosure, clients are more thoughtful and insightful when they have an opportunity to take time to reflect and write their thoughts and feelings with supportive counselor facilitation.
  • Train counselors to review journaling/exercises to identify areas to revisit in face to face sessions. Immediate action should be taken if a client notes a mandated reporting or at-risk SUD issue.
  • Include a short five-minute overview and Q&A about OUD, Poly SUD, and MAT by a knowledgeable staff member in a group session. Have the staff member leave a card with a phone number so that clients can follow up directly. Staff members in a group session also benefit from the presenter as a role model.


Education Courses

  • Incorporate OUD/Poly SUD and MAT information into the educational curriculum.
  • Incorporate the community and treatment referrals available and provide referral handout.
  • Include in the education curriculum information on OUD/Poly SUD treatment referrals.
  • Revisit the DAST during an education session. Instruct them to put their phone number on the DAST if they want a follow up from a staff member.

Face to Face

Face to Face Sessions

  • Review journaling/exercises and address any triggers or other areas of need.
  • Revisit assessments and review entire substance use history.
  • Review and follow-up on last referral provided.
  • Provide new referral as needed and develop a plan on how the client will access the referral.
  • Provide additional information or handouts that may benefit the client.

Staff Training

Staff Training

  • Provide each counselor with a copy of the MAT Toolkits including Medication-Assisted Toolkit for DUI Programs, Medication-Assisted Toolkit for Counselors, MAT for Opioid Addiction, Helping Participants Access MAT, Challenging MAT Myths, Narcan Instructions
  • Provide training for all counselors on the MAT Toolkits.
  • Provide training for all counselors on the science, stigma, and treatment of OUD and Poly SUD.
  • Holding weekly, bi-weekly or monthly all-staff meetings has been proven to increase the quality of treatment provided to clients. Include OUD, Poly SUD, and MAT as a staff meeting topic/training. The programs learned that consistent staff meetings resulted in higher levels of engagement, brainstorming, and new approaches.
  • Develop and use a quiz to support staff training. The quiz will cover MAT, treatment options, the MAT toolkits, and other information.
  • During clinical supervision meetings and employee reviews, discuss the counselor’s skills in assessing, referring, monitoring, and documentation.

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