Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT): Is it right for my practice?

In collaboration with WMU’s Masters of Public Health program, the Western Regional AHEC is coordinating workshops on medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder.  Funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration will support the delivery of the workshop at three locations this summer:  Baker College in Jackson, Mercy Health Hackley in Muskegon, and Allegan General Hospital in Allegan.

The program intends to educate providers about MAT with the goal of increasing the number of providers offering buprenorphine for opioid therapy.  As of 2017, five counties in the western Michigan area do not have any buprenorphine providers, and the state as a whole was among the lowest providers per number of opioid overdose deaths in the nation. 

This 2.5 hour program provides training and guidance for MAT in real-world practice settings and addresses concerns for patient management, compliance, reimbursement and care team development. For more information about this training please contact Melissa Ponstein at melissa.ponstein@wmich.edu.