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COVID-19 Resources

As the coronavirus pandemic is rapidly changing, practices are encouraged to check the CDC’s COVID-19 website and SAMHSA’s Current Topics for new information and resources related to COVID-19. AIR has compiled a new webpage of resources on telehealth, patient resources, harm reduction and more to guide providers on working through MAT, OUD and COVID-19. AIR has also published a plain language summary of COVID-19 that can be shared with patients to help enhance their understanding of the current pandemic. 

Best Practices in the Adoption of Telehealth: COVID-19 and Beyond Mini Series

In May 2020, UNM Project ECHO hosted a three week mini series on best practices in the adoption of telehealth. Each session included a panel of leading experts in the field, and consisted of a didcatic presentation and Q&A with the panel of experts. Recordings of this session are now available on the UNM ECHO website at this LINK. Some sessions have also been translated to Spanish and French. Session topics include:

  • Ideal Integration of Telehealth into the New Normal by Joseph C. Kvedar, MD
  • Virtual Visits - Maximizing the Experience by Kristin Sohl, MD, FAAP
  • Telehealth Technology, Privacy and Payment Policy by John D. Scott, MD, MSc, FIDSA


The Rural OklahomaMAT project is transitioning to the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) during March 2020. Oklahoma MAT providers should expect to receive outreach from an ODMHSAS staff member affiliated with the Prescription for Change program. This transition will align support across different opioid related grants and initiatives in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma MAT project aimed 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. While we are no longer recruiting for this project, most Oklahoma MAT participants will continue to have access to the ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine 40-Hour CME program until April 30, 2020. This can be further extended by request to Mingo Grant, Professional Development Manager at mgrant@asam.org. The Oklahoma MAT team continues to focus on evaluation activities.  

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 offered practical, hands-on assistance to providers and their 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 were able to receive certification and appropriate waivers to treat and manage opioid dependent patients in the office setting. Practices have also received a stipend to facilitate data collection for a planned evaluation of the project.

Who is offering this program?

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is leading this project in partnership with the state of Oklahoma, 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. However, if you would like to learn more or ask questions about Rural Oklahoma MAT, please contact the AIR team at: OklahomaMAT@air.org or 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.