Update on the Expansion of Access to Opioid Treatment

December 8th, 2016

Nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) will soon be able to prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use disorders. They will be required to take 24 hours of coursework. NPs and PAs may take the eight-hour DATA-waiver course which physicians currently take. For the additional 16 hours, SAMHSA will offer the training for free through the PCSS-MAT once it has been developed. After NPs and PAs have completed the required 24 hours of training, they may apply for a waiver to prescribe to up to 30 patients beginning in early 2017. To keep up-to-date with announcements, you may sign up for SAMHSA’s Buprenorphine Waiver Management email list.

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