Access to Care for Justice-Involved Pregnant People With a Substance Use Disorder

In a new webinar, Manatt Health, the American Medical Association (AMA) and a panel of stakeholders will share key lessons for states seeking to innovate and expand access to evidence-based care for pregnant people with a substance use disorder (SUD) who are incarcerated or under judicial supervision. Providing access to evidence-based medical care, including medications to treat opioid use disorder (MOUD), to justice-involved populations is required under federal law but presents challenges from intake screening to prerelease planning. Only about half of prison systems across the country provide MOUD, and only around half of those provide MOUD for pregnant people.

Key topics that will be covered include:

  • The parameters of California’s newly approved reentry services waiver amendment
  • Implications of SUD treatment within the criminal justice system, including during incarceration and after release
  • Partnerships with health care services in the community
  • Impact of the new waiver on treatment for pregnant individuals with SUD


Jocelyn Guyer, Senior Managing Director, Manatt Health

  • Kinda Serafi, Partner, Manatt Health
  • Cara Poland, MD, MEd, FACP, DFASAM, Associate Professor, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, and Principal Investigator, Michigan Collaborative Addiction Resources & Education System (MICARES)
  • Josiah Rich, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Brown University and Attending Physician, The Miriam and Rhode Island Hospitals 
  • Ruth A. Potee, MD, Medical Director, Franklin County House or Corrections; Director of Addiction Services, Behavioral Health Network; and Medical Director, Franklin Recovery Center

Date and Time:

Monday, May 1

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This program does not constitute legal advice, nor does it establish an attorney-client relationship. Views expressed by presenters are strictly their own and should not be construed to be the views of Manatt or attributed to Manatt.



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