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 to increase the number of primary care 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
  • Technical assistance
  • Case consultation
  • Train-the-trainer mentorship
  • Program evaluation and recommendations
  • Reimbursement up to $5,000 per residency program

The goal of this 10-month grant is to enable NC residency programs to integrate MAT training in their curricula and provide their own MAT training in subsequent years to ensure a steady supply of primary care prescribers who can provide this evidence-based treatment for OUD.

Training is available through August 2019 and is being funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under a cooperative agreement with the state of North Carolina as an emergency response to this public health crisis.

For more information about this training opportunity, please contact Elizabeth Flemming, LPC, program director for MAHEC Rural Pain Management and Substance Use Disorders Initiatives, at 828-257-4466 or elizabeth.flemming@mahec.net.