Clinicians are key to solving the current Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) crisis. Learn more about provider training opportunities, prescribing laws, treatment guidelines, diagnosing OUD, and more.
Refer a Patient to the MaineHealth IMAT Program
To refer a patient to the MaineHealth IMAT program, please call 1-844-292-0111.
Join the MaineHealth IMAT Care Network
To join the MaineHealth IMAT care network, providers must first apply for a Drug Addiction Treatment Act (DATA) waiver. This waiver allows qualified clinicians to prescribe buprenorphine (also called Suboxone®), a prescription medication that, when combined with behavioral health counseling, has proven effective treating OUD. Once obtained, prescribers may treat 30 patients at a time in the first year and after one year, can apply to increase up to 275 patients. In order to obtain a waiver, eight hours of specialized training is required for physicians and 24 hours for nurse practitioners. For more information visit https://www.samhsa.gov/.
Provider Education and Resources
Online Learning Modules:
Earn your CME credit needed for Public Law- 488/BOLIM requirement
- Maine Quality Counts: Caring for ME- offers 6 webinar modules at 1.5 CME credits each
- Provider’s Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies (PCSS-O)- offers 11 modules at 1 AMA credit for each
- Safe & Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE* of Pain)-offers 2 AMA PRA Category 1 credits and 2 MOC Part II credits (*You need to be registered to Scope and there may be a cost)
- American Society of Addiction Medicine -23 modules opportunities with varying credits available:
- National Institute on Drug Abuse-8 hour online buprenorphine waiver training has 10 modules. Earn up to 9 AMA PRA Category 1 credits at a cost
- Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion offers “Pathways to Safer Opioid Use”- This is a 1-hour long course, offering 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
Co-occurring Collaborative Serving Maine:
The clinical guidelines and policies on this page assist clinicians in standardizing the evaluation, diagnosis, and care of patients, with the goal of achieving optimal outcomes. The guidelines translate national recommendations and the best available evidence into local context.
Adherence to these guidelines should limit unwanted or unintended variation in practice, but guidelines are not meant to be prescriptive. The clinician retains the responsibility to select the appropriate guideline for a particular patient and to use the guideline to the extent that it serves the individual patient.
Any given approach must be carefully considered with each individual patient to ensure that an effective Shared Decision Making process is in place, which reflects the patient's personal wishes, medical history, and family history.