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.

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

What training opportunities and support are provided?

Our team offers extensive experience in OUD treatment, provider education and trainings, and consultation. We make available at no cost to previously registered providers:

  • Online and in-person trainings in the fundamentals of addiction medicine

  • Case-based learning via remote consultative clinics (i.e., ECHO-model learning and mentoring sessions)

  • Support for coordinating care with behavioral health and community services

  • Access to tailored consultations with local primary care colleagues who have successfully implemented MAT services in their practices

  • A stipend to facilitate data collection for a planned evaluation of the MAT training and support program.