ON-LINE NP/PA MAT Waiver Course
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Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder:
Meeting an Unmet Need with No-Cost MAT Waiver Trainings for NPs and PAs
EAST PROVIDENCE, May 18, 2017—Patients suffering from opioid use disorder (OUD) will soon have expanded access to care thanks to an anticipated increase in the number of healthcare providers qualified to treat this chronic disease that killed more than 30,000 people last year.
Providers’ Clinical Support System for Medication Assisted Treatment (PCSS-MAT), a project funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), today launched its free 24-hour course specifically developed for nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) to treat opioid use disorder. PCSS-MAT provides evidence-based trainings and educational resources to primary care clinicians.
PCSS-MAT, made up of a coalition of major healthcare organizations (see list below) led by the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP), is jointly providing the course with continuing education by the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) and the American Academy of PAs (AAPA). NPs and PAs are required to accumulate a specific number of continuing education credits each year.
The 24 hours of coursework, mandated by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), is broken up into 1) an 8 hour MAT waiver training and 2) 16 hours of training for treating OUD. These courses were developed specifically for NPs and PAs. Once the 24 hours of training are completed, NPs and PAs may apply to SAMHSA for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine, one of three FDA-approved medications for the treatment of OUD.
Please download the attached flyers for more information.