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How to Receive Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) Training

Clinicians working to address the opioid epidemic may be eligible for free training to provide Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD).

The National Health Service Corps is partnering with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to increase the number of clinicians trained to prescribe buprenorphine, and other medications, as part of a wholistic treatment plan for opioid use disorders in high-need communities.

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

Who should complete the training?

You should complete the training to:

  • Be a part of the solution to our nation's opioid epidemic
  • Help increase access to comprehensive SUD treatment in rural and underserved areas

Are you eligible for buprenorphine training?

You are eligible for free, discipline-specific MOUD Training 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)
  • Certified nurse midwives (CNM)
  • Certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA)
  • Medical students*

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

*As a medical student, you may complete the MOUD training. However, you will not be eligible for a DEA number until after being licensed.

What else does the PCSS offer?

You can access free mentoring services. 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.

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