MAT Training for NC Residency Programs

MAHEC is committed to training the next generation of healthcare providers to expand access to evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder.

In 2017, unintentional opioid overdoses took the lives of more than five North Carolina residents every day. More than 10,000 North Carolinians were treated for overdoses in emergency departments or had overdoses reversed with naloxone in the community.

MAHEC has partnered with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) to increase the number of physicians and advanced practice providers who can provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with buprenorphine for patients with opioid use disorder (OUD).

Expanding access to MAT is an important public health strategy according to the Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration, which estimates that one million people with opioid use disorder need access to MAT “given the strong evidence of effectiveness for such treatments.”

Program training components and resources include:

  • Continuing medical education
    • MAT and addiction overview
    • MAT waiver training
    • Team-based care training
    • Health equity considerations
  • Technical assistance
  • Case consultation and coaching
  • Train-the-trainer mentorship
  • Program evaluation and recommendations
  • Reimbursement up to $5,000 per residency program
  • MAT Policies, Procedures, and Resources Manual
Click here to download our MAT Policies, Procedures, and Resources Manual.

The MAT Policies, Procedures, and Resources Manual was developed by an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals from MAHEC, NC DHHS, and the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry to support efforts to increase workforce capacity to treat opioid and substance use disorder in a patient-centered, inclusive, and equitable way.

The goal of this state-funded grant is to enable NC residency programs and advanced practice programs to sustainably integrate MAT training in their curricula to ensure a steady supply of primary care prescribers who can provide this evidence-based treatment for OUD.

You can learn more about this innovative project and other opioid initiatives in the short video below and this October 2019 Impact Report.

Training is available through August 2020 and is supported by funds from NC DHHS through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Cooperative Agreement Number # NU17CE925024.

MAHEC’s interdisciplinary team offers technical assistance activities to both the clinical and leadership teams at each program. Follow-up support includes one-on-one coaching calls; shadowing sessions in MAHEC’s Family Health Center; mentorship through co-teaching; Project ECHO® videoconference learning sessions on MAT and chronic pain; and a train-the-trainer – PCSS MAT waiver training for prescriber champions.

For more information about training and technical assistance opportunities, please contact Elizabeth Flemming, LPC, program director for MAHEC Rural Pain Management and Substance Use Disorders Initiatives, at 828-257-4466 or