PCSS is made up of a coalition of 20 leading national organizations representing healthcare providers and other key stakeholders who are working on the front lines of the opioid crisis.
American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) is the lead organization for this project. AAAP has a membership of more than 1,700 addiction psychiatrists with interests in clinical care and education; AAAP has taken the lead in developing innovative approaches to training that have seen widespread success in the area of office-based treatment of opioid use disorder. AAAP’s peer reviewed journal is The American Journal on Addictions. AAAP developed the first eight-hour, online buprenorphine training leading to waiver eligibility. As one of five organizations authorized by DATA 2000 to train physicians to be waivered, AAAP has trained more than 13,000 physicians. AAAP developed a 3.75-hour self-study/4.25-hour face-to-face, training which meets DATA 2000 requirements for the waiver in office-based treatment of opioid use disorder currently used in Physicians’ Clinical Support System – Buprenorphine (PCSS-B). The development of educational resources for PCSS-MAT will build upon experiences gained in resource development to date, much of which is being successfully utilized in PCSS-B and Providers’ Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies (PCSS-O). AAAP will also lead the Clinical Experts Panel and Mentoring Panel for PCSS-MAT, including development of web-based resources such as online modules, webinars, case vignettes, and development/collection of satisfaction and assessment instruments in addition to GPRA.
Addiction Technology Transfer Center supports and strengthens the work of the 10 ATTC Regional Centers and four National Focus Area Centers. It manages the Network’s website, which in 2010 received more than two million views and nearly 100,000 unique visits.
The American Academy of Family Physicians is the national association of family doctors. It is one of the largest national medical organizations, with 131,000 members in 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam, as well as internationally.
The American Academy of Neurology is the world’s largest association of neurologists and neuroscience professionals, with 34,000 members. AAN members have access to top-quality education, science, practice management tools, clinical guidelines, patient resources, and much more. The American Academy of Neurology Institute is the mechanism through which the AAN provides research funding.
AAPM serves approximately 2,500 pain physicians and clinicians who are distinguished in the medical specialties that treat pain. The Academy’s membership includes anesthesiologists, physiatrists, psychiatrists, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, rheumatologists, and allied care providers and neuroscientists.
AAP is a professional membership organization of 64,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical sub-specialists, and pediatric surgical specialists. The AAP has 59 chapters in the United States and seven chapters in Canada that help carry out AAP goals in communities.
The American College of Emergency Physicians promotes the highest quality of emergency care and is the leading advocate for emergency physicians, their patients and the public. The ACEP believes quality emergency care is a fundamental right and unobstructed access to emergency services should be available to all patients who perceive the need for emergency services.
ACP is the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the United States with 154,000 members including internists, internal medicine subspecialists, medical students, residents, and fellows. ACP seeks to be the foremost education and information resource for all internists.
With over 161,000 members from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, ADA has been involved with the ongoing education of safe and effective methods of pain control and sedation in dental practice with dissemination through extensive website information, the ADA News, and periodic webinars. ADA has available dentists with expertise in pain management to provide the educational tools from PCSS-O to its large constituency.
AMA has 245,000 members. Its membership in the AMA House of Delegates includes 54 state and geographic medical societies, 124 medical specialty societies, two professional interest medical associations, three national medical associations, and five uniformed federal services. The AMA has extensive experience implementing evidence-based clinical and community interventions, promoting best practices to improve health, and practice management tools. The AMA maintains a 12-module CME course on Pain Management and supported the launch of NIDAMED. The organization remains active at the federal and state level to support training medical students and physicians in pain management, promote responsible opioid prescribing, and minimize diversion of controlled substances.
American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine (AOAAM) is a specialty academy of the American Osteopathic Association, dedicated to improving the understanding of addiction as a disease. AOAAM is committed to attaining science-based core competencies in the prevention, assessment, and treatment by Osteopathic Physicians; with a leadership voice in the Osteopathic Profession for sound public policy associated with substance use disorders. AOAAM has a strong grassroots network of providers, serving in both underserved urban and rural areas. Osteopathy makes up 8% of physicians in the U.S., however, because of the emphasis on family practice, it is estimated that osteopathic physicians deliver 20% of primary care in this country. As part of our consortium for PCSSNOW AOAAM has delivered numerous trainings in community settings both urban and rural.
American Psychiatric Association (APA) is a national medical specialty society representing 38,500 psychiatrists in the U.S. and from around the world. Founded in 1844, it is the largest and longest-serving psychiatric medical association. APA’s members work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorders, including intellectual disability and substance use disorders. One of the means by which APA maintains an extensive presence in local communities is by the work of its District Branches and State Associations. These groups maintain ongoing contact with their members, provide local educational opportunities, and opportunities for networking and regular interaction. APA’s contributions to the PCSS include webinars, interactive online clinical vignettes, and waiver-eligible trainings.
The APNA is the largest professional membership organization committed to the specialty practice of psychiatric-mental health (PMH) nursing and wellness promotion, prevention of mental health problems, and the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders. APNA membership totals more than 11,000 psychiatric mental health nurses from all over the world.
ASAM is a professional society representing over 6,000 physicians and associated professionals dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment; educating physicians, other medical professionals, and the public; supporting research and prevention, and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of patients with addiction. ASAM maintains the highest level of Accreditation with Commendation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) as a provider of continuing medical education (CME) for physicians.
The American Society for Pain Management Nursing’s mission is to advance and promote optimal nursing care for people affected by pain by promoting best nursing practices. This is accomplished through education, standards, advocacy and research. ASPMN supports nurses managing pain and continues to represent pain management nursing in local, state and national arenas. ASPMN contributes to both personal advancement and professional goal achievement while instilling a sense of community with members, both nationally and through local chapters, who are also passionate about pain management and patient care.
Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance use and Addiction (AMERSA). The primary mission of AMERSA is to improve health and well-being through interdisciplinary leadership in substance use education, research, clinical care and policy. AMERSA achieved national prominence for its role in the design and dissemination of substance abuse curricula for physicians, the development of health professional educators in medicine, nursing and social work, and its annual national conferences. AMERSA’s 300 plus members represent a. broad spectrum of health professions. One of their key goals is to improve education and clinical practice in the identification and management of substance-related problems by promoting leadership, mentorship and collaboration among multiple healthcare professions including, but not limited to, physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, dentists, pharmacists, and public health professionals. Their peer-reviewed journal is Substance Abuse.
IntNSA is a professional specialty nursing organization with a membership of 1,300 committed to the prevention, intervention, treatment, and management of addictive disorders. Its eight chapters serve various geographic regions of the United States bringing education and training to local regions.
Founded in 1971, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) was founded to “promote efficient, high quality, comprehensive health care that is accessible, culturally and linguistically competent, community directed, and patient centered for all.” NACHC is a nonprofit advocacy organization providing education, training, and technical assistance to health centers in support of their mission to provide quality health care to medically underserved populations. NACHC represents Community and Migrant Health Centers, as well as Health Care for the Homeless and Public Housing Primary Care Programs. NACHC also works closely with chartered State and Regional Primary Care Associations (PCAs) to fulfill their shared health care mission and support the growth and development of community-based health center programs.
The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 1994 by pioneers from the first twelve Drug Courts in the nation. This extraordinary group of innovative judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and clinical professionals created a common-sense approach to improving the justice system by using a combination of judicial monitoring and effective treatment to compel drug-using offenders to change their lives. From those visionaries came the Drug Court movement and ultimately the broader “problem-solving court” principles taught in law schools and utilized in everyday court practice throughout numerous municipal, state and federal court systems nationwide. Today with 3,057 Drug Courts in operation in all 50 states and U.S. territories, NADCP has forever changed the face of the justice system.