Department of Medical Assistance Services

Virginia Department of Health AND PCSSMAT funded by SAMHSA

Expanding Care with the Virginia ARTS Benefit:
Addressing The Disease of Addiction In Your Outpatient Clinic
Removing the Frustration with Opiate Use


  • Recall Virginia specific data detailing public health impact of prescription drug abuse
  • Review history of the development, initiation and utilization of the Virginia ARTS benefit/SUD waiver
  • Review efficacy of evidence based addiction treatment. Treatment works!
  • Describe principles of addiction disease management and universal precautions used as the standard of care
  • Formulate responses to challenges encountered in the management of addiction using MAT
  • Recall the benefits of implementation of VA ARTS/SUD benefit
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of clinical, behavioral health, and administrative staff in delivering a comprehensive ADM program within the healthcare provider office setting
  • Identify state level resources and peer support opportunities for implementation of VA ARTS/benefit and addiction disease management practices

Targeted Audience: Practicing/Licensed MDs/DOs, APNs, PAs, medical students, substance abuse professionals, rehabilitation professionals, and behavioral health professionals across the Commonwealth. No skill level is required.

Summary of Agenda:

Morning Session
All Audiences:
8:30 am - 12:00pm
Integrating addiction disease management into outpatient clinical practice

Break out session for clinicians
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Half and Half MAT Waiver Training: Providers' Clinical Support System (MAT): Live Version

Break out session for behavioral health professionals
12:00 pm - 4:00pm
Implementing behavioral health integrated care into outpatient primary care settings

Closing session
All Audiences or participants
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Implementing Virginia specific business delivery models into practice and Virginia's vision

Breakout sessions information:

For prescribers:

About the MAT Half and Half Waiver Training. Medication Assisted Treatment 8 hour required waiver training will be available for physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants interested in seeking their waiver to prescribe buprenorphine in the treatment of opioid use disorders. To obtain the waiver to prescribe, providers are required to complete a total of eight hours of training.

This is a "Half and Half Training," which means the first half is taken online and the second half is completed in-person. The online portion must be completed before the live course on January 18th and will be provided to those who have registered through the PCSS-MAT registration link. Following the training, participants who have successfully completed the course may apply to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to obtain the waiver. PCSS-MAT urges all participants who complete the course to submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) Form to SAMHSA to obtain your waiver to subscribe. The waiver must be completed online and a link to the online form will be provided to participants following the training.

PCSS-MAT has a comprehensive library of materials and most with CME credits available at no cost created to give health professionals confidence in treating their patients more effectively. PCSS-MAT also has a no-cost clinical coaching/mentoring program to provide one-on-one clinical expertise for primary care providers.

Note: Waivers can only be obtained by physicians at this time. Residents may take the course and apply for their waiver when they receive their DEA license. Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) can also complete the 8 hour required waiver course and count it toward the 24-hour training requirement established by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). For the additional 16 hours, SAMHSA will also be offering the training for free through the PCSS-MAT in early February 2017 and through other organizations. NPs and PAs who have completed the required training and seek to become DATA-waivered for up to 30 patients will be able to apply to do so in early 2017. For more information on the upcoming launch of the application to apply for the waiver and SAMHSA-sponsored training opportunities,sign up for the Buprenorphine Waiver Management email list.

Helpful Resources:

For Behavioral Health Professionals:

Behavioral health professional breakout sessions include content in how to implement integrated behavioral health practices into outpatient settings.

Continuing Medical Education:

Prescriber Breakout Sessions MAT Waiver Training:

Click here to learn more about the MAT 8 hour Waiver Training Continuing Medical Education.

Click here to learn more regarding the Virginia Department of Health morning and closing session continuing medical education unit information.

Nourishment: Breakfast and working lunch will be provided to training participants.

Sessions are full and registration now closed.

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This initiative has been made possible through the funding and collaborative partnership of the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services.

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by Providers' Clinical Support System for Medication Assisted Treatment (5U79TI024697) 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.

This initiative has been made possible through the funding and collaborative partnership in part by Providers' Clinical Support System –MAT partners.

Special acknowledgement in curriculum development and appreciation:

  • Dr. Erik Gunderson, MD, FASAM
  • Dr. Cheryl Hartman, PhD
  • Dr. Mary G. McMasters, MD, DFASAM
  • Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
  • Virginia Department of Health Professions
  • SAMHSA - and
  • Local drug free organizations
  • Academic and subject matter expert partners

For Further Information regarding training opportunities, please contact: Jean Hoyt, CMA; Injury Prevention Specialist at or Lisa Wooten, MPH, BSN, RN; Injury and Violence Prevention Program Supervisor; Virginia Department of Health;