How do I certify that I have completed all required 8 hours of MAT waiver training for purposes for applying for the waiver?

At the end of the 8 hour MAT waiver training, you will receive a certificate of completion.

What organizations offer the training and who are the DATA 2000 organizations?

PCSS offers the 8 hours of training at no cost. All DATA 2000 organizations, including the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP), American Society for Addiction Medicine (ASAM), American Psychiatric Association, and American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine can provide this training as well (some fees may apply).

I’ve already taken the 8 hours of MAT waiver training. Do I have to take it again?

No, if you have taken the 8 hours of MAT waiver training and received your certificate of completion from a DATA 2000 organization (listed above), you only need a copy of your certificate of completion. You can use this certificate when applying to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for a waiver. Apply here ›

Not sure if you have completed the 8 hours of MAT waiver training?

Contact one of the DATA organizations (AAAP, ASAM, American Psychiatric Association, and American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine) to learn if you have taken the training.

How do I apply for my waiver?

Once you have completed the 8 hours of coursework required you will need to submit your certificate of completion to SAMHSA to apply for the waiver and fill out the Notice of Intent form.

Notice of Intent form ›
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Once I obtain my waiver, how many patients may I prescribe to?

Currently, physicians who are waivered may prescribe buprenorphine to 30 patients in their first year. After one year of practice, physicians may apply to increase this limit to 100 patients, and then again to 275 patients after their second full year of practice. In 2018, however, SAMHSA stipulated that in some cases an increase may be granted sooner. For more information about these special circumstances, please contact SAMHSA at 866-287-2728.

Physicians may apply for a patient increase by filling out the Notice of Intent form ›