The Medication-Assisted Therapy (MAT) Expansion Project seeks to expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for persons with opioid use disorder (OUD) in rural Oklahoma; with the hope of reducing opioid use, emergency department visits, and overdose deaths.

We work with primary care providers in rural counties in Northeast, Southeast, North Central, and South Central Oklahoma to expand MAT for persons with OUD. This project is being funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in response to the opioid epidemic. Oklahoma is one of five states who received this funding from AHRQ. The program offers practical, hands-on assistance to you and your office team through training, case-based consultations with addiction specialists, and mentoring from experienced MAT providers. While enrolment has closed, our team is currently working on an evaluation component to help determine the effectiveness of expanding rural access to MAT through provider training and mentoring. Participating practices have received a stipend to facilitate data collection.

As the lead of OklahomaMAT, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is working closely with our OklahomaMAT partner, the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) to plan and execute a smooth hand-off of OklahomaMAT’s resources to ODMHSAS by March 1, 2020. 

We strive to ensure continued information about and access to trainings and resources about treating patients with opioid use disorder, as well as local mentorship support both during the transition and afterwards through networking with ODMHSAS, https://www.ok.gov/odmhsas/.

A rich set of training opportunities will continue to be available through the transition and further into 2020. 

                      i. Create your account with ASAM here: https://elearning.asam.org/
                      ii. Send an email to Alli Krouse and Mingo Grant at ASAM, letting them know you have set up an account: akrouse@asam.org and mgrant@asam.org
                      iii. ASAM will also host a new, case-based learning opportunity, by video conference, the Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine ECHO (FAME) Series, beginning Friday, November 1, 2019. This is a new round of telementoring series previously offered to OklahomaMAT participants enrolled in the 40-hour CME program. Sessions will be 10:00 AM – 12:00PM Central time every Friday through March 2020. For further information, and to register, please follow this link: https://www.asam.org/education/live-online-cme/fundamentals-program/fame-teleecho

  • Oklahoma State University’s Center for Health Sciences also hosts an Addiction Medicine TeleECHO series. These sessions are currently ongoing and are held each Monday from 12:00 – 1:00PM Central time. For more information and to register, please follow this link: https://health.okstate.edu/echo/addiction-medicine-echo.html
  • The OklahomaMAT website now hosts a series of three educational webinars featuring our physician consultants and a range of administrative and patient care topics. The webinar links can be found here: https://oklahomamat.org/members/okmat-webinar-series

Any questions should continue to be addressed to the project mailbox at OklahomaMAT@air.org or by phone at 866-236-4285.