Code of the District of Columbia

§ 7–3204. DOC treatment of inmates with opioid use disorder.

(a) An individual charged with treating DOC inmates for opioid use disorder shall be certified in the treatment of opioid use disorder by the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, the American Medical Association, the American Osteopathic Association, the American Psychiatric Association, or any other organization that the Director of DOH determines is appropriate. The requirements for certification in the treatment of opioid use disorder may be completed in a classroom setting or through online instruction.

(b) DOC, in consultation with DOH, shall ensure that all opioid use disorder treatment medications are administered to inmates:

(1) In the manner in which the medication was prescribed; and

(2) For the entirety of the time an inmate is in DOC's custody, unless an individual charged with treating DOC inmates for opioid use disorder determines otherwise, in their clinical judgment, based on the specific inmate's treatment plan, or if an inmate is awaiting designation to Federal Bureau of Prisons custody.


(Apr. 11, 2019, D.C. Law 22-288, § 104, 66 DCR 1656.)