Data 2000 Prescriber Training for Medication-Assisted-Treatment
The 21st Century Cures Act enacted by Congress in December 2016 recognized that states need significant help to combat the opioid epidemic. Ohio is receiving federal funds over two years to focus on developing a skilled workforce that can prescribe buprenorphine for medication assisted treatment (MAT). MAT has been recognized as a critical component in the treatment of people with opioid use disorder. Currently, buprenorphine availability is limited in Ohio because it is the only form of MAT that requires prescribers (i.e., physicians, physician assistants or advanced nurse practitioners) to have a unique DEA license (aka, DATA 2000 waiver). Prescribers must obtain additional training to obtain this license through one eight-hour course and then apply for a DATA 2000 waiver through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). OhioMHAS’ has designed a training agenda that will allow any medical professional with prescribing privileges to freely obtain the DATA 2000 waiver to meet the growing need of Ohio’s patients with opioid use disorder.
Who can be trained?
Physicians, physician assistants and advanced nurse practitioners who are licensed in the state of Ohio may participate in the free training. See the specific requirements below.
Certified Nurse Practitioner
CNPs must currently be licensed under state law to prescribe schedule III, IV, or V medications for pain. All CNPs must attend the 1.5 days of training and subsequently complete 16 hours of online training provided by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Afterward, CNPs may submit an application for their DEA DATA Waiver.
Physicians with a training certificate must currently be licensed to practice medicine in the state of Ohio and at least be in the third year of their residency. All physician residents must attend the 1.5 days of training. After the course concludes, physician residents must submit an application for their DEA DATA Waiver.
What does the training entail?
The Drug Abuse Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000) specifies training is necessary for prescribers to obtain a waiver to engage in office‐based treatment of opioid use disorders using Schedule III drugs approved by the FDA. The American Society of Addiction Medicine will host the eight-hour day of training to meet federal requirements for the DATA 2000 Waiver. This will be followed by a half-day of training from Ohio experts who will discuss topics including low-dose prescribing according to federal and state guidelines, and referral to behavioral health treatment facilities.
Training events are available live and online
Training events will occur several times each month across the state. Please check back if there is not yet a training posted in your area, as additional dates will be added. Physicians who do not have time for the live course may take an online module at their own pace. ASAM is offering the full eight-hour training to meet federal requirements for the DATA 2000 Waiver.
For a list of Dates and Locations and to register, click on the calendar image below.
What if I come late?
Training attendees will be admitted up to thirty (30) minutes after the program has started. After thirty minutes, they will not be able to use the training to obtain their DEA DATA waiver.
What does the training cost?
Training events are free. Additionally, lunch and refreshments will be provided the first day.
What do I need to bring to the training?
You will be provided a link to course materials after the registration process is complete. You may bring these materials with you – or – you may bring a laptop to access these materials during the class.
What is the reimbursement schedule?
Prescribers who attend the full 1.5-day training event and receive their DATA 2000 Waiver may qualify for reimbursement:
Physician Assistants: $750
Certified Nurse Practitioners: $750
Physician Residents: $1,300
What support will be provided after the training?
OhioMHAS will provide further education about drug dependence and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Criteria, give prescribers access to DATA 2000 mentorship programs, and develop other online continuing education programs that prescribers can access at any time. Please see the Workforce Development Guide for more information.
How can I host a training?
You may volunteer to donate space for an MAT training in your community. Please note that we are only contracted to provide 47 trainings during the first year of the grant, so your community may have to wait to be scheduled until Summer. Interested communities should email our team with your request.
Who do I contact with questions?
Please contact Christine Sielski with any other questions you may have about our workforce development agenda by phone (614-752-9853) or email (Christine.Sielski@mha.ohio.gov)
Link to webpage here.