AzMAT Mentors Program
The Arizona Center for Rural Health (AzCRH) contracted with the Arizona Department of Health Services to launch the Arizona Medication-Assisted Treatment mentorship pilot program known as AzMAT Mentors Program. This program connects experienced and new Drug Addiction Treatment Act (DATA)-waived providers to increase their capacity for providing MAT services in Arizona. The goal is to improve access to evidence-based treatments for individuals with opioid use disorders.
What is MAT and x-waived?
Medication-Assisted Treatment, or MAT, is a whole-patient practice that uses FDA approved medications and behavioral therapies to treat substance use disorders. MAT providers are addiction specialists AND non-specialists who receive training through the DATA-waiver process. DATA-waived providers are allowed to prescribe buprenorphine (Suboxone). As of January 2020, there are over 2,100 Arizona DATA-waived providers.
What MAT provider barriers are we experiencing in Arizona?
Research suggests many DATA-waived providers are not using MAT to treat their patients with opioid use disorders or are under-utilizing MAT. Commonly reported barriers include lack of time, expertise, and the availability of behavioral health services, and concerns around diversion and patient misuse. Collaborating with experienced providers is one solution for overcoming these barriers. Find out more information
About the Program:
1. Develop the AzMAT Mentor Program curriculum containing information on clinical/technical resources.
2. Recruit and train experienced DATA-waived providers to collaborate with new MAT providers.
3. Recruit new DATA-waived providers to collaborate with experienced MAT providers.
4. Document completed training and mentoring activities.
Experienced MAT Providers: Experienced MAT providers will participate in 90-minutes of AzMAT Mentors Program trainings and collaborate with 1-2 new MAT providers via one-to-one consultations. See flyer for more details.
New MAT Providers: New MAT providers will receive one-to-one support from experienced MAT providers. This means two collaborative consultations with an experienced MAT provider, which could range in time from 30-minutes to several hours, depending on the new provider's needs and experienced provider's capacity. For example, new MAT providers could request guidance from experienced MAT providers about MAT telemedicine during COVID-19. See flyer for more details.
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Interested in becoming a DATA-waived MAT provider?
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