MAT Waiver Training

PCSS-MAT offers free 8 hour MAT waiver training for providers to prescribe medication for the treatment of opioid use disorder. Physicians require 8 hours of training on medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to obtain a waiver from the Drug Enforcement Agency to prescribe buprenorphine, one of three medications approved by the FDA for the treatment of opioid use disorder. Physician assistants and nurse practitioners must also take the 8 hour MAT waiver training and an additional 16 hours of training, all provided by PCSS-MAT at no cost.

Nurse Practitioners

Meeting the 24 Hour Requirement

I want to apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. What do I need to do?

To apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine, nurse practitioners (NPs) must, in accordance with the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), complete 24 hours of specialized training. The training includes 8 hours of MAT waiver training and an additional 16 hours of training.
Begin the 8 hour MAT waiver training ›
Begin the 16 hour MAT waiver training ›

For questions regarding registering or accessing the 8 hour and 16 hour courses, email mat@apna.org or contact customer support here: https://www.pathlms.com/apna/support.

Which organizations offer the training and who are the DATA 2000 organizations?

PCSS-MAT offers the entire 24 hours of training at no cost. All DATA 2000 organizations, including the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP), American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), American Psychiatric Association (APA), and American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine (AOAAM) can provide this training as well (some fees may apply).

I’ve already taken the 8 hour MAT waiver training. Do I have to take it again?

No. If you have completed the 8 hour MAT waiver course and received your certificate of completion from a DATA 2000 organization (listed above), even if it was prior to the passage of CARA, you can use this certificate when applying to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for a waiver. Apply here ›

Not sure if you have completed the 8 hours of MAT waiver training?

Contact the one of the DATA 2000 organizations (AAAP, ASAM, APA, and AOAAM) to determine if you have taken the training.

Can you explain how the 8 hour MAT waiver training works?

PCSS-MAT provides the 8 hour MAT waiver course at no cost with continuing education credits for NPs:

  1. Self-paced online: You must complete the training within 45 days of initiating.
  2. Online: 1st half live webinar followed by 2nd half online. PCSS-MAT partner organization, AOAAM, provides MAT waiver trainings twice a month (second Saturday and fourth Wednesday) that consist of a live webinar (with Q&A) and an online portion. Once the webinar is completed, participants receive a link to complete the online portion on their own. View AOAAM trainings ›

To accommodate larger groups, healthcare organizations may also request a training through the PCSS-MAT program. Contact PCSS-MAT for more information.

Can I take the 8 hour MAT waiver training with one organization and the 16 hour training with another?

Yes. You can complete the 8 hour MAT waiver training provided by one of the DATA 2000 organizations (AAAP, ASAM, APA, and AOAAM), then complete the 16 hour trainingfrom a different organization. However, you must complete all of the 16 hours of training with the same organization.

Can I break up the 16 hours of training between organizations?

No. All 16 hours must be completed by the same organization.

Who can offer the 16 hours of training?

NPs may take the required 16 hours of additional training through PCSS-MAT at no cost or through several other organizations which were listed in CARA Act, including AAAP, ASAM, APA, and AOAAM, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and American Nurses Credentialing Center (fees may apply).

How do I apply for my waiver?

Once you have completed the 24 hours of coursework required you will need to submit the following to SAMHSA to apply for the waiver

Certificate of completion for 8 hour waiver course
Certificate of completion of 16 hours of courses
Notice of Intent form ›
This infographic contains helpful information/links ›

How do I certify that I have completed the required 24 hours of training for purposes for applying for the waiver?

At the end of the 8 hour MAT waiver training you will receive a certificate of completion. When you complete the 16 hour MAT waiver training for NPs through PCSS-MAT, you will receive a second certificate of completion.

Sponsoring organizations for the training submit a report to SAMHSA verifying completion of course. NPs submit a notice of intent to SAMHSA requesting the waiver along with the two certificates of completions received for the 8 hour and 16 hour MAT waiver trainings.

How do I earn my CE contact hours?

At the end of the 8 hour MAT waiver training for NPs through PCSS-MAT, you will receive a CE Certificate for 8.0 continuing nursing education contact hours (8.0 contact hours in pharmacology) provided by the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA).

At the end of the 16 hour MAT waiver training for NPs through PCSS-MAT, you will receive a CE Certificate for 16.0 continuing nursing education contact hours (13.0 contact hours in pharmacology) provided by APNA.

Note: The CE Certificates earned (1 certificate for the 8-hour MAT Waiver Training and 1 certificate for the 16 hour MAT waiver training) are in addition to the certificates of completion that are required for the waiver. Only the certificate of completion for (16 hour course + 8 hour course) 24 hours with the Notice of Intent form are needed to apply for the waiver.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Physician Assistants
AAPA Category 1 CME

Meeting the 24 Hour Requirement

I want to apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. What do I need?

To apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine, physician assistants (PAs) must, in accordance with the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), complete 24 hours of specialized training. The training must include 8 hours of MAT waiver training and an additional 16 hours of training.
Begin the 8 hour MAT waiver training ›
Begin the 16 hour MAT waiver training ›

How do I certify that I have completed all required 8 hours of MAT waiver training for purposes for applying for the waiver?

At the end of the 8 hour MAT waiver training, you will receive a certificate of completion and a CME credit certificate.

How will I certify that I have completed all required additional 16 hours of training for CME credit?

With PCSS-MAT, you will receive a certificate of completion for the 16 hour MAT waiver training and a CME credit certificate for the 16 hour requirement.

What organizations offer the training and who are the DATA 200 organizations?

PCSS-MAT offers the entire 24 hours of training at no cost. All DATA 2000 organizations, including the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP), American Society for Addiction Medicine (ASAM), American Psychiatric Association, and American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine can provide this training as well (some fees may apply).

I’ve already taken the 8 hours of MAT waiver training. Do I have to take it again?

No, if you have taken the 8 hours of MAT waiver training and received your certificate of completion from a DATA 2000 organization (listed above), even if it was prior to the passage of CARA, you only need a copy of your certificate of completion. You can use this certificate when applying to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for a waiver. Apply here ›

Not sure if you have completed the 8 hours of MAT waiver training?

Contact one of the DATA organizations (AAAP, ASAM, American Psychiatric Association, and American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine) to learn if you have taken the training.

Can you explain how the 8 hour MAT training works?

PCSS-MAT offers the 8 hour MAT waiver training as an on-demand online course. The course is specifically targeted to PAs and allows users to take the course on their own time. You must complete this self-paced training with 45 days of initiating.

To accommodate larger groups, healthcare organizations may also request a training through the PCSS-MAT program. Contact PCSS-MAT for more information.

Can I take the 8 hour MAT waiver training with one organization then the 16 hour training at another?

Yes. You can complete the 8 hour training provided by one of the DATA 2000 organizations listed above, then complete the 16 hour training by a different organization. However, you must complete all 16 hours of the 16 hour training with the same organization.

Can I break up the 16 hours of training between organizations?

No. All 16 hours must be provided by the same organization. For example, all 16 hours must be taken with PCSS-MAT.

Who can offer the 16 hours of training?

PAs may take the required 16 hours of additional training through PCSS-MAT at no cost or through several other organizations listed in CARA, including AAAP, ASAM, APA, and AOAAM, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and American Nurses Credentialing Center (fees may apply).

How do I apply for my waiver?

Once you have completed the 24 hours of coursework required you will need to submit the following to SAMHSA to apply for the waiver

Certificate of completion for 8 hour waiver course
Certificate of completion of 16 hours of courses
Notice of Intent form ›
This infographic contains helpful information/links ›

Once I obtain my waiver, how many patients may I prescribe to?

Currently, PAs who are waivered may prescribe buprenorphine to 30 patients. HHS is reviewing increasing the patient limit to 100 after one year at the 30-patient level.

Physicians
PCSS-MAT offers free waiver training for physicians to prescribe medication for the treatment of opioid use disorder. Eight hours of training on medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is required to obtain a waiver from the Drug Enforcement Agency to prescribe buprenorphine, one of three medications approved by the FDA for the treatment of opioid use disorder.

PCSS-MAT uses three formats in training on MAT. One format is a live eight-hour training and the second is the “half and half” format, which involves 3.75 hours of online training and 4.25 hours of face-to-face training. In addition, PCSS-MAT conducts several trainings monthly at no cost throughout the country in an effort to meet the needs of healthcare providers. Lastly, PCSS-MAT partner organization American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine, provides MAT waiver trainings twice a month that consist of a live training (provided in a webinar format) and an online portion that must be completed after participating in the full live training webinar. View the list of AOAAM trainings.

Trainings are open to all practicing physicians. Residents may take the course and apply for their waiver when they receive their DEA license.

Healthcare settings and residency training programs may also request a training through the PCSS-MAT program. Residency training programs are often limited to the residents only but will vary by location. If you live in an area where a residency training program is providing a MAT waiver training, contact PCSS-MAT about possibly attending.

This infographic contains helpful information/links on how to obtain your MAT Waiver.

(The no-cost training) is a real help to me. It eliminates a barrier in my providing this service for my patients. Thank you very much!

– Waiver Trainee

NP and PA Information on MAT Waiver Training

NPs and PAs who have completed the 24 hours of required training may seek to obtain a DATA 2000-waiver for up to 30 patients may apply by completing the Notification of Intent (NOI) online.

Starting February 27, 2017 SAMHSA will only accept electronic submissions of the NOI. These waiver applications are forwarded to the DEA, which will assign the NP or PA a special identification number. DEA regulations require this number to be included on all buprenorphine prescriptions for opioid dependency treatment, along with the NP’s or PA’s regular DEA registration number.

SAMHSA shall review waiver applications within 45 days of receipt. If approved, NPs and PAs will receive a letter via email that confirms their waiver and includes their prescribing identification number.

Visit SAMHSA ›

Notification of Intent

Physicians complete the Notification of Intent Waiver Application online to apply for your waiver to prescribe buprenorphine.

Buprenorphine Waiver Training Advanced Review Module

Online Module with 1 AMA PRA Category 1 credit™

AAAP, in collaboration with PCSS-MAT partners, released this one-hour review course that is FREE of charge and intended for providers who have already completed the 8-hour required training to obtain their waiver to prescribe buprenorphine but who would like an update.

Then, check out the Buprenorphine Waiver Training Advanced Review MAT CHAT Archive designed to follow the above module.