Opioid Safety - Resource

What is Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)?

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of FDA-approved medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders.

Who is MAT Waiver Training For?

    • Physicians
    • Nurse Practitioners
    • Physician Assistants

What is the Primary Purpose of MAT Waivers?

MAT Waivers’ primary purpose is the treatment of opioid use disorders (OUD). Opioids include a class of drugs often prescribed for pain—morphine, fentanyl, oxycodone, and hydrocodone—as well as illicit drugs, such as heroin. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has approved three medications for the treatment of OUD: methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone.

MAT Waiver training will introduce to physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants a general approach to evaluation and treatment of patients presenting with problematic opioid use. Benefits and limitations of available medications and differences between them are described. An approach to choosing first and second line treatments is also presented.

Colorado MAT Waiver Training Opportunities & Resources

IT MATTTRs Colorado:
Is providing training to practice teams about medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD), partnering with local community members to increase awareness of OUD and MAT to encourage community members to talk to their local primary care providers about medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. Step by-step instructions for accessing MAT training, applying for the DEA waiver, submitting materials for compensation, and getting a practice signed up for on-site team training can be found here.

Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention:
The Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention coordinates Colorado’s response to the misuse of medications such as opioids, stimulants, and sedatives. The Consortium’s mission is to reduce prescription drug misuse and abuse in Colorado by developing policies, programs, and partnerships with the many Colorado agencies, organizations, and community coalitions addressing one of the state’s major public health crises.

The Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health has developed a database called LADDERS with information about substance use and mental health treatment providers. The database can be found here.

Credit to the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse for this list of trainings, view website for more.

Online MAT Waiver Training Opportunities

Cant make the dates? Consider this online Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) Training Opportunity:

Under the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000), physicians are required to complete an eight-hour training to qualify for a waiver to prescribe and dispense buprenorphine. The following SAMHSA-supported continuing medical education (CME) courses can help physicians qualify to prescribe buprenorphine in an office setting (courses may require registration and include fees).

Find information about the eight-hour buprenorphine waiver training courses that are required for physicians to prescribe and dispense buprenorphine here.

Nurse Practioners and Physician Assistant MAT Training Resources can be found here.