AzMAT Mentors Program

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The Arizona Center for Rural Health (AzCRH) partnered with the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) to implement the AzMAT Mentors Program. This program provides guidance to new or inexperienced providers to increase their capacity for providing medication-assistance treatment (MAT) services in Arizona. The goal is to improve access to evidence-based treatment for individuals with substance use disorders (SUD) and specifically opioid use disorders (OUD).

To achieve this goal, we match experienced and new MAT providers to engage in collaborative consultations. Experienced MAT providers are practitioners who are Arizona licensed and DATA-waived or “x-waived” and have provided MAT services for at least one year and/or treated at least 20 patients. New MAT providers are practitioners who are Arizona licensed and DATA-waived or “x-waived” and self-identify an interest to collaborate with an experienced MAT provider.

AzMAT Mentors Program

» See some of our recent evaluation findings

» Learn about the organizational benefits of the AzMAT Mentors Program HERE

We have built a collection of tools that serve as a quick guide to help providers. This resource will be helpful for providers as it delineates important topics:

  • Tool 1: Starting conversations about substance use  

  • Tool 2: Improving cultural humility to better serve diverse populations  

  • Tool 3: Reducing substance use disorder stigma  

Medication-Assisted Treatment, or MAT, is a whole-patient practice that combines Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved medications and behavioral therapies to treat substance use disorders. Addiction and non-addiction specialists may provide MAT services. Non-specialists are encouraged to treat patients with OUD and may do so by obtaining a Drug Addiction Treatment Act (DATA)-waiver. If providers meet the DATA-waiver criteria and complete the training, they apply to the Drug Enforcement Agency for a waiver to prescribe controlled substance for SUD treatment. The waiver is issued with an “x” added to their license number; hence the name, “x-waiver.” DATA-waived providers are licensed to prescribe Schedule III substances, which includes buprenorphine to treat people with OUDs.

The majority of DATA-waived providers are treating few or no patients with OUD. Commonly reported barriers include: lack of time, availability of behavioral health services, and concerns around diversion and patient misuse.

While barriers exist for implementing MAT, there are numerous reasons for optimism:

There are two ways to participate, as an experienced or as a new MAT provider.

Experienced MAT Providers participate in AzMAT Mentors Program training and collaborate with 1-2 new MAT providers via one-to-one consultations. Please see flyer for more information HERE 

Training includes:

* Please note that the Pre-Training materials will automatically download  to your device.

New MAT Providers receive one-to-one support from experienced MAT providers and Arizona Center for Rural Health faculty and staff. Through collaborative consultations, participants set tailored learning goals and receive guidance and support through ongoing communications. Please see flyer for more information HERE


  • If you are interested in learning more about collaboration between sober living homes (SLH) and medication assisted treatment (MAT) providers, check out these webinar slides
  • If you are interested in learning more about solutions and resources for providing MAT, check out this brief.
  • If you are interested in learning more about the DATA-waiver process, please visit the Provider Clinical Support System.
  • If you are interested in continuing education on MAT, please visit the Arizona State University Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy.
  • If you are interested in important resources for prevention, treatment, and recovery for people with substance use concerns/disorders, check out the AzMAT Mentor Program resource guide: English | Spanish
  • If you would like to know more about the AzMAT Mentors Program, review definitions and frequently asked questions by experienced and new MAT providers, click HERE