MAT Waiver Training Initiative

MAT Waiver Training Initiative

PAEA is partnering with the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and a coalition of national professional organizations in a grant funded by SAMHSA called the State Targeted Response Technical Assistance Consortium (STR-TA). PAEA as a partner organization will focus on assisting PA programs with incorporating medication-assisted treatment (MAT) waiver training into their curricula. PAEA’s vision is that all PA program graduates and faculty will be waiver eligible.

What is MAT?

MAT is the use of medications to treat persons with opiate use disorder. The three medications approved by the FDA for MAT are methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone.

Funding for this grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will help us assist programs with incorporating MAT training into PA programs’ curricula.

NIDA. (2016, November 1). Effective Treatments for Opioid Addiction. Retrieved on June 25, 2018

  • PAs can apply for the DEA X-waiver to prescribe buprenorphine for MAT of opioid use disorder following completion of 24 hours of training by an approved organization.
  • MAT waiver training is provided by these DATA 2000 approved sponsors:
    • American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP)
    • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
    • American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine (AOAAM)
    • American Psychiatric Association (APA)
  • The American Academy of Physician Assistants approved MAT waiver training for 24 hours of category I CME credits.

NPI as a Unique Identifier

Member programs will also be encouraged to sign up students for a unique identifier (e.g., National Provider Identification) to facilitate short- and long-term outcomes measurement of the MAT waiver training project. Download this document for more information. Watch the tutorial on the right.


MAT Initiative Information Session and Q&A

This webinar presents an overview of PAEA’s Medication-Assisted Treatment waiver training initiative and will go over MAT training resources.


Breaking Down Barriers to PA Student MAT Training

John Lopes, project director for PAEA’s MAT Waiver Training Initiative, leads this webinar to help programs overcome difficulties in implementing the training.

Frequently Asked Questions

Read through the FAQs for more information on training and implementing MAT training into PA programs.



Further reading

MAT Initiative Networker Articles

August 12, 2020: PAEA Joins KAPA for Kentucky MAT Training
April 29, 2020: AAPA Survey Underscores Importance of MAT Training
January 8, 2020: A Duke University PA Program Guide to Student MAT Training
August 21, 2019: Le Moyne PA Program Leads the Way in MAT Training and NPI Outcomes
June 19, 2019: Assessing a Year of Successes and Challenges: PAEA’s MAT Initiative
June 12, 2019: MAT Initiative Blazes Trail to Kansas City
May 7, 2019: McCance-Katz Speaks Out on OUD
April 3, 2019: PAEA MAT Initiative Team Spreads the Word Out West
December 12, 2018: Incorporating MAT Training into the Curriculum: Lessons Learned
December 12, 2018: NHSC Loan Repayment Program Benefits PAs with MAT Waiver
December 12, 2018: NPI Numbers: A Better Way to Measure Outcomes for PA Education
October 10, 2018: PAEA President Speaks at Opioid Crisis Symposium
June 13, 2018: PAEA Welcomes Director for New MAT Initiative
May 30, 2018: Video Introduces Valuable MAT Training Initiative

MAT Initiative Networker Alerts/Announcements

June 3, 2020: REACH Initiative Now Accepting Applications
April 8, 2020: MAT Training, PCSS Webinars Offer Curriculum for Students, CME for Faculty
August 14, 2019: AAAP CME Opportunities for PA Faculty
April 24, 2019: Important New Opioid REMS Training Module
May 20, 2019: Updated SCOPE of Pain Resources Available
February 6, 2019: Action Collaborative Takes Aim at Opioid Epidemic
November 28, 2018: Free SCOPE of Pain Webinar in December
October 17, 2018: SAMHSA Grants for MAT Training Awarded to Five PA Programs
September 26, 2018: Integrating Opioid Use Disorder Treatment into Health Workforce Training
September 13, 2018: Webinar: MAT Waiver Training Initiative
August 22, 2018: Symposium on Adolescent and Young Adult Addiction

Resources on Training

Click on each category header to view relevant links.

Get in Touch

Contact John Lopes, MAT Initiative Project director at or 703-667-4322.

Funding for this initiative was made possible by grant no. 1H79TI080816-01 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.