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How to Receive Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Training

If you are a clinician working to address the opioid epidemic, you may be eligible for free training to provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT). 

The National Health Service Corps is partnering with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to increase the number of Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000) Waiver-certified clinicians in high-need communities.

SAMHSA’s Provider Clinical Support System (PCSS) HRSA Exit Disclaimer offers the most effective, evidence-based clinical practices in preventing, identifying, and treating opioid-use disorder (OUD).

What is the DATA 2000 Waiver?

The DATA 2000 Waiver (also called a MAT Waiver) helps improve access to OUD and substance-use disorder (SUD) treatment by allowing clinicians to dispense or prescribe narcotic medications like buprenorphine in settings other than an opioid treatment program (OTP).

Why should you complete MAT training and obtain a DATA 2000 waiver?

  • Be a part of the solution to our nation’s opioid epidemic.
  • Help increase access to comprehensive SUD treatment in rural and underserved areas.
  • Become a priority applicant for some NHSC loan repayment programs.
  • Qualified disciplines can become eligible for the Loan Repayment Program Continuation Contract MAT Award Enhancement.

Are you eligible for the PCSS DATA 2000 Waiver training?

You are eligible for free, discipline specific MAT Waiver Training HRSA Exit Disclaimer if you have an active Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) number to dispense controlled substances and are one of the following:

  • Physician (Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO))
  • Nurse practitioner (NP)
  • Physician assistant (PA)

The MD/DO training is eight hours. NP and PA training courses are 24 hours. You can take the training in-person or online.

What else does the PCSS offer? 

You can access free mentoring services HRSA Exit Disclaimer. This helps you employ evidence-based practices when prescribing opioids and effectively use medications in treating OUD.

The mentoring program is available by telephone, email, or in person, in some cases.

How can you help spread the word?

NHSC members, sites, and stakeholders can help other eligible clinicians learn about the MAT training and DATA 2000 waiver opportunity by downloading and sharing information from our Fact Sheet  (PDF - 351 KB) and the Stakeholder Toolkit (PDF - 2.9 MB).

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