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In our first themed issue, this month's National Center for Integrated Behavioral Health newsletter focuses on medication assisted treatment (MAT) waiver training and pharmacotherapy for substance use disorders in primary care. 

According to the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), MAT for substance use disorders is clinically effective, 
cost-effective, and significantly reduces the use of inpatient and detoxification services. However, it is greatly underutilized and many providers are not trained to deliver MAT. We have compiled a variety of educational resources to help address some of the common questions regarding waiver training. If you have any resources to share, please email them to

In this MAT focused issue...

                  Making a Difference

Alister Martin MD, MPP, is an emergency physician and chief resident at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is a founding member of the Get Waivered campaign, an initiative that aims to address the key reasons for why clinicians aren't waivered: cultural stigma, logistics and effort, knowledge and awareness, and lack of resources. Get Waivered aims to eliminate complex routes and barriers to waiver training for clinicians. 

Read the full interview...
"The data demonstrates that buprenorphine saves lives, decreases mortality, and decreases readmissions. But the storytelling of how the individual decisions of physicians impact the lives of patients long-term is crucial, especially for providers who don’t think of themselves as people who can treat this disease. It’s important to demonstrate to them what the outcome could be."

 - Alister Martin, MD, MPP
Founding Member, Get Waivered Campaign
Emergency Medicine Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital 
   How to Get Waivered

Primary care providers must earn a training certificate and qualify for a waiver in order to prescribe and dispense buprenorphine. Here’s how:

For Physicians
Physicians must complete 8 hrs of training as required by
the Drug Addiction Treatment Act (DATA).

Waiver resources:

For NPs/PAs
NPs and PAs must complete 24 combined hours of training:
8 hrs (OUD training) + 16 hrs (additional training)

Waiver resources:
SAMHSA: Learn how to qualify for a PA/NP waiver
AANP: MAT Waiver Training Course
ASAM: Steps to obtaining a NP/PA waiver

Resources of the Month

In honor of our first themed newsletter issue we have compiled a variety of primary care medicated assisted treatment (MAT) resources.


•  MAT Resources from Maine Quality Counts: A diverse list of resources focused on harm reduction and medication assisted treatment.

•  MAT Implementation Resources from SAMHSA: A list of implementation resources from checklists to guidebooks that provide physicians with the ability to make informed decisions about the use of buprenorphine.

•  Screening for OUD in a Primary Care Setting from SC Mat Access: This resource addresses how to screen patients for potential OUD, and provides a list of screening tools for adults and adolescents.

• Treating SUD and Implementing MAT in Primary Care Webinar from the Weitzman Institute: Video presentation on addressing the opioid crisis and implementing MAT.

View More IBH Resources

Join our Substance Use Disorder
 Learning Collaborative

The NCIBH has established a Substance Use Disorder in Primary Care Learning Collaborative to facilitate best practices in medication assisted treatment (MAT) curriculum implementation.

Goals of the learning collaborative:
  1. To serve as an innovation hub.
  2. To catalyze shared development and dissemination of evidence-based SUD care.
  3. To provide an ecosystem to enable SUD training to advance access to high quality care.
If you want to learn more about the collaborative please email us at or join our community of practice.

Stay tuned for an opportunity to join an upcoming SUD in Primary Care list-serve managed by the NCIBH. 

Registration Now Open:
Integrated Behavioral Health Symposium


The ANEW Way Forward event is an inaugural one-day symposium that fosters a collaborative learning community for researchers and practitioners in behavioral health and primary care settings.

Come join us at the University of Pennsylvania for:

  • Skills-based lectures and continuing education seminar sessions delivered by national experts to prepare for the evolving primary care landscape
  • Poster presentations on cutting-edge research and successful pilot programs in the field
  • Unique networking opportunities designed for symposium attendees

The ANEW symposium is dedicated to providing a national platform for addressing gaps in integrated behavioral health training among the primary care workforce.

Free Symposium Registration

What's the Buzz?

News, Conferences, and Upcoming Events


The NCIBH has just released "Twitter as a Dissemination Tool for Academic Medicine: A Technical Assistance Guide."  This technical assistance toolkit includes relevant guidelines, publications, and articles about the use of Twitter as a dissemination platform in academic medicine. Download and view it at the NCIBH resources page.
The University of Washington spring behavioral health series is now open to all ANEW students, faculty and preceptors. The CNE eligible online and in-person seminars will begin on April 1st. Pre-registration is required to access the series. Register here. 
Call for Posters! The ANEW Way Forward event has announced a call for poster abstracts until March 31st for an upcoming symposium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The call for posters is open to students, educators, researchers and practitioners with primary care and integrated behavioral health-related experience.


April 1-3
International Conference on Integrated Care
Where: San Sebastian, Spain |  Website

April 1
Treating PTSD / Trauma in a Primary Care Setting
What: Webinar |  Website

April 3-4
Tribal Opioid Conference
Where: Chandler, AZ |  Website

April 4-7
ASAM 50th Annual Conference
Where: Orlando, FL  |  Website

April 15
Substance Use Disorders & Pharmacological Treatment
What: Webinar |  Website

May 7
NCEAS 1st Annual Conference
Where: Chicago, IL |  Website

The National Center for Integrated Behavioral Health (NCIBH) is a HRSA-funded Academic Unit of Primary Care Training and Enhancement. The mission of the NCIBH is to prepare primary care clinicians with the expertise and leadership for integrated behavioral health care.

Do you have relevant IBH resources, curricula, or evaluation tools to share? Please send them to us at
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