Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Waiver Training and Resources - 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 practioners 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.

Illinois M.A.T Waiver Training Opportunities

MAT Waiver Training for Physicians, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants
August 29, 2019 | 5:30 p.m. | Congregational Church of Batavia
21 S. Batavia Avenue | Batavia, Illinois
Presented by the Fox River Valley Initiative
Sign up and attend a free four-hour live training taught by Dr. Stephen Holtsford. When the four-hour in-person training session is completed, participants will continue with a four-hour online self-study unit and an online exam and application to receive the waiver. CME credits will be awarded for the course. This training session is free and open to qualified physicians, nurse practitioners and physician Assistants. A free dinner catered by Riganato Old World Grill in Geneva will be provided. Please register and reserve your seat by contacting Bill Scown at or by calling 630-360-0905.

Rush University Medical Center:
Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Fellowship Program for Practicing Providers
July 27-28, 2019

This one-year program combines in-person and online training for primary care providers (physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants) to assess and treat opioid use disorders. The goal of this program is to increase access to opioid use disorder treatment services in areas of Illinois that currently have limited or no access to medications for addiction treatment. Therefore, providers from areas with minimal or no access to resources for addiction treatment will receive priority for admission. The training will provide clinical guidance and technical support around the clinical workflows, policies and protocols to ensure compliance with clinical standards and training in evidence-based practice. Applications are due by June 1, 2019. Elements include:

  • In-person weekend Intensive Immersion course July 27-28, 2019
  • Bi-monthly webinars on Mondays from 12-1 pm.
  • Group case conferences every other week (approximately two per month).

Participants must complete online buprenorphine training or obtain a buprenorphine waiver before attending the weekend immersion course. The online waiver training is eight hours for physicians and 24 hours for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. This program will pay training costs participants who still need to complete the waiver training through the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Throughout the following year of training, participants will have access to expert faculty for ongoing educational information and individual case discussions. Participants will also have the opportunity to shadow faculty if they are interested.

Application date: June 1, 2019. Apply here

Online MAT Waiver Training Opportunities

Can’t make the dates? Consider these online Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Training Opportunities:

Illinois Medical Society
Establishing a Buprenorphine Practice: What you need to know (online module)
This is a one-hour online course that will describe how to obtain a waiver for prescription of buprenorphine to treat opioid use disorder, explain how to screen and/or refer patients for buprenorphine treatment, set up and manage relationships with other health professionals in their communities, and prepare a buprenorphine treatment team. The Illinois State Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Enroll in this training here.

For Physicians:

  • SAMHSA Training Find information about the eight-hour buprenorphine waiver training courses that are required for physicians to prescribe and dispense buprenorphine here.
  • Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS) online waiver training can be found here.

For Nurse Practitioners:

  • Nurse Practioners and Physician Assistant MAT Training Resources can be found here.
  • Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS) online waiver training can be found here.

For Physician Assistants:

  • Nurse Practioners and Physician Assistant MAT Training Resources can be found here.
  • Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS) online waiver training can be found here.