19MH024 - Recovery Within Reach: Building Team Expertise in Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) - Eastern AHEC

May 1, 2019 Mental Health Nursing

19MH024 - Recovery Within Reach: Building Team Expertise in Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) - Eastern AHEC


Opioid addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease that affects millions of Americans and produces a tremendous burden on the healthcare system. In 2002, U.S. physicians gained the opportunity to treat opioid-addicted patients with buprenorphine in primary care settings, commonly referred to as office-based opioid treatment (OBOT). OBOT has been shown to be effective in primary care settings and impacts public health through the reduction of opioid use, opioid overdose mortality and transmission of infectious diseases. However, it remains underutilized.

One consistently cited barrier preventing OBOT expansion is lack of adequate clinical support given the additional needs for patient monitoring. Successful medication-assisted treatment (MAT) requires a team-based approach just like treatment for other chronic diseases. In addition, treatment is more effective when providers can use a trauma-informed and gender-responsive treatment plan.

The goal of this companion program to the AAAP Clinical Support System: Buprenorphine Office-Based Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders (The “Half and Half” Course) is to increase the comfort level and expertise of the healthcare team by outlining a team approach, trauma-informed interventions, gender-responsive care, and recommendations for implementation of buprenorphine OBOT.


Contact the Program Manager
Karen Lambert
karen.lambert@mahec.net or 828-257-4761

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Target Audience

Recommended for mental health professionals (including substance abuse counselors, social workers, psychologists, school counselors, and marriage and family therapists), practice managers, program administrators, nurses, medical assistants, care managers, care coordinators and other professionals interested in this subject (Are you a prescriber? CLICK HERE)


  • Describe the presented framework of office-based opioid treatment (OBOT) including practice changes, medications used, psychosocial services and integration/coordination components
  • Utilize evidence-based interventions that are trauma-informed and gender-responsive to treat persons with substance use disorders
  • Define the roles of an effective practice team, including primary care and behavioral health clinicians, working together with patients and families, and using a systematic and cost-effective approach to provide patient-centered care for opioid and other substance use disorders
  • Increase medical and behavioral health professionals’ receptivity and capability to work collaboratively as they evaluate and manage opioid and other substance use disorders using SBIRT (screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment)
  • List key components of evidence-based and effective OBOT


  • Marie Gannon, LPC, LCAS, CSI
  • Melinda Ramage, MSN, FNP-BC, CARN-AP


Recovery Within Reach: Building Team Expertise in Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) - Eastern AHEC
5/1 8:45 AM–1:00 PM


.400 CEU

MAHEC designates this continuing education activity as meeting the criteria for 0.40 CEUs as established by the National Task Force on the Continuing Education Unit. You must attend the entire workshop to receive CEUs.

4.000 Contact Hours

MAHEC designates this continuing education activity as meeting the criteria for 4.00 Contact Hours. Full attendance is required to receive credit.

4.000 NBCC Hours

Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5514. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. MAHEC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Full attendance is required to receive credit. 4.00 hours

4.000 CNE Contact Hours

4.00 CNE Contact Hours Activity # AP 008-1680 Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Participants must attend 80% of the activity to receive credit. No partial credit is given for this activity.

4.000 NAADAC

This course has been approved by MAHEC, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #96726. MAHEC is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required to receive credit from NAADAC. Approved for 4.00 hours.

4.000 Contact Hours (category A) CE for NC Psychologists

MAHEC is recognized by the North Carolina Psychology Board as an approved Provider of Category A Continuing Education for North Carolina Licensed Psychologists. Approved for 4.00 hours Category A. Full attendance is required.


$35.00 Registration Fee
Applies 11/26/18–5/1/19
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