What is PCSS Implementation?

The Providers’ Clinical Support System (PCSS) for Medication Assisted Treatment is a program, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and led by the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) with a coalition of national professional organizations. PCSS provides educational resources and training to healthcare providers for the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders (SUD). The PCSS Implementation is a pilot project within PCSS that provides implementation technical assistance (TA) to healthcare organizations and providers for the use and/or expansion of SUD services, including MAT with a focus on opioid use disorder (OUD). SUD are chronic diseases that affect millions of Americans. MAT is considered a best practice in the treatment of SUD, especially for patients with OUDs. Research shows that MAT for SUD improves clinical outcomes over behavioral treatment alone. Despite the known benefits, local healthcare teams are often unsure how to initiate the use and management of MAT delivery. PCSS Implementation will partner with clinical sites to develop tailored implementation of evidence-based practices in the prevention and treatment of SUD and OUD, including MAT.

Goals

  1. Identify barriers to and resources for implementation of SUD services at clinical sites
  2. Deliver education on SUD and MAT appropriate for all staff at every professional level
  3. Support the integration of SUD services into clinic workflow
  4. Increase the number of patients receiving evidence-based SUD services
  5. Develop a national, centralized portal of resources for implementation of SUD services

Lessons Learned from Implementation Sites
Materials and Resources Provided

What will the PCSS Implementation offer to participating clinical sites?

PCSS Implementation facilitators are clinical and implementation experts in the prevention and treatment of SUD/OUD and delivery of MAT. Facilitators will provide tailored TA to clinical site teams to support and guide implementation of SUD services: Specific components include:

  • Monthly meetings (in-person and/or conference call) with the clinical site team to provide tailored implementation TA.
  • Needs assessment to identify strengths and barriers to delivering evidence-based practices for SUD.
  • Access to the PCSS Implementation digital resource library (e.g., screening tools, clinical guidelines, business models), including 4 one-hour “SUD 101” webinars to educate all clinic staff – from the receptionist to CEO.
  • Access to other PCSS resources (pcssprojects.org), including clinical mentorship.

What is expected of participating clinical sites?

There is no cost to participate. Health and/or mental health clinical sites will be asked to:

  • Identify at least one on-site “champion” (i.e., clinical or administrative point person)
  • Convene a multi-disciplinary implementation team (i.e., 3-6 participants, to include administrative and clinical staff, technicians, support staff, etc.) to participate in one monthly PCSS Implementation one-hour meetings
  • Commit to participate for at least 6-months to enhance capacity to deliver SUD services

For more information & to request an application to participate: pcss@aaap.org