What's New

Oklahoma Opioid Outreach Initiative

In April 2019, the Oklahoma Conference of Churches partnered with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to begin an extensive education and awareness program on opioids. The focus of the Oklahoma Opioid Outreach Initiative is to equip churches and faith communities with the necessary information to understand the medical uses of opioids, associated risks, proper storage of medication, and what to do if you suspect that someone in your family or community is at risk for an overdose.

The OklahomaMAT Program Offers Financial Support to your Practice

Practices who complete evaluation activities will receive financial support for their efforts. Evaluation activities include participating in surveys and interviews, obtaining consent from patients receiving treatment for OUD to be included in the study, maintaining a list of consented patients, and a one-time medical records data pull. If you are interested in learning more about the evaluation, please contact us at: OklahomaMAT@air.org.


Welcome to the Oklahoma Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Expansion Project. This project aims to expand access to MAT for persons with opioid use disorder (OUD) by training and supporting rural primary care practices in Oklahoma. Medication-Assisted Treatment is an evidence-based strategy for treating persons with OUD. MAT combines the use of medications with counseling and behavior therapies to provide a whole-patient approach to treatment.

About Oklahoma Rural MAT Expansion

The Problem

Prescription drug overdoses kill nearly two Oklahomans per day. In many rural Oklahoma counties, opioids account for more than half of drug overdose deaths. Oklahoma lacks access to treatment for OUD, particularly in rural areas where there are few primary care providers trained to identify and treat people who are opioid dependent. Many Oklahoma providers are concerned about the devastating effect on their patients and communities. However, many providers also feel overwhelmed at the prospect of offering treatment for OUD in their own practice. Click here for more information about opioid addiction in Oklahoma.

What We Offer

We offer practical, hands-on assistance to you and your office team through training, case-based consultations with addiction specialists, and mentoring from experienced medication-assisted treatment providers. Primary care physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants can receive certification and appropriate waivers to treat and manage opioid dependent patients in the office setting. Practices will receive a stipend to facilitate data collection for a planned evaluation of the project. Find out if your practice is eligible to participate.

Who is offering this program?

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is leading this project in partnership with the state of Oklahoma, the ECHO Institute at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. This project is supported by grant R18HS025067 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Click here to learn more about partners.

Contact Us

Want to learn more about the project? 
Thank you for your interest in OklahomaMAT! We are currently in the evaluation phase of the project and are no longer enrolling new providers. 

If you'd like to listen to a recording of our informational webinar, entitled "Medication-Assisted Treatment in Rural Oklahoma," please follow this link.

If you have any questions, please contact the AIR team at: OklahomaMAT@air.org or, Phone: 866-236-4285

This project is supported by grant number R18HS025067 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The content of this website is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.