Nurses Expand Access to Needed Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder with Complimentary MAT Waiver Training

Empowering APRNs to prescribe medication for the treatment of opioid use disorders will expand access to this much needed treatment across the country.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA), in partnership with the Providers’ Clinical Support System for Medication Assisted Treatment (PCSS-MAT), is now offering continuing nursing education which will help expand patients’ access to treatment for opioid use disorders. Two free online courses, 24 hours in total, meet the educational requirements for Advanced Practice Nurses to obtain waivers to prescribe medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid disorders. By completing this training and obtaining waivers, APRNs will be able to provide treatment desperately needed in communities across the country.

Under the 2016 Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) APRNs are now eligible to obtain a MAT waiver after completing 24 hours of approved coursework. All healthcare providers must obtain MAT waivers from the Drug Enforcement Agency in order to prescribe buprenorphine, one of three FDA-approved medications for treating opioid use disorders. This continuing nursing education is offered free of charge through funding by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

“Nurses can and do play a critical role in turning the tide of the opioid epidemic,” says Matthew Tierney, PMHNP-BC, ANP-BC, Chair of the APNA Addictions Council. “Empowering APRNs to prescribe medication for the treatment of opioid use disorders will expand access to this much needed treatment across the country. This free training supports nurses and removes barriers to treatment for our patients.”

The training is available in two parts: an 8-hour…

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