Other Resources

Other resources and supports offered to participating clinicians and practices
Providers will have access to physician consultants and a dedicated project team MAT Coordinator who will provide support by phone, email, and in group learning environments. Providers can send an email with questions or support needs to the OklahomaMAT@air.org mailbox or call 866.236.4285 toll-free. An AIR project team member will respond within two business days.

Physician consultants and the MAT Coordinator have been selected based on their training and work in opioid use disorder and MAT. The physician consultants have implemented similar programs in their respective practices and provide their experiences and lessons learned. The MAT Coordinator will support providers and their staff on implementing MAT by addressing program needs and supporting care coordination linkages with behavioral health services.

Physician Consultants

William Yarborough, MD

Dr. Yarborough is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, and certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and a certified Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management. Due to his interest in Addiction Medicine, he functioned as the Medical Director of 12&12 Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center, from 1995-2015. He started and ran an Addiction Medicine Fellowship for 5 years and served as Executive Vice-Chair of the Department of Medicine at OU in Tulsa.

To listen to Dr. Yarborough's experience with MAT in his own words Click Here

Layne Subera, DO

Dr. Subera is certified in Family Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment and Pain Medicine. He, also provides Medication-Assisted Treatment and has treated substance use disorder patients in the rural setting for more than 10 years. He has extensive healthcare leadership experience and is serving as a commissioner for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control Commission. His professional interests include public safety, bioethics and rural healthcare access.

To listen to Dr. Subera's experience with MAT in his own words Click Here

Paul Seale, MD

Dr. Seale is Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Family Medicine at Navicent Health and Mercer University School of Medicine and is certified by the American Boards of Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine. He has been involved in practice, teaching and research related to substance abuse screening, brief intervention, and referral for treatment (SBIRT) for more almost three decades in both the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Seale currently provides medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for patients with opioid use disorder within the context of a Family Medicine office practice. He has served on the national advisory boards of the Providers Clinical Support System projects for both opioids and medication-assisted treatment.

To listen to Dr. Seale's experience with MAT in his own words Click Here

MAT Coordinator

Crystal Norman, MS, LADC

Crystal Norman is a Project Manager with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.  Crystal is currently serving as the MAT Coordinator for the Oklahoma Medication-Assisted Treatment Project and is a fully licensed LADC.  She has spent the past 8 years as the director of co-occurring and criminal justice services for a community mental health and health home agency. She worked to ensure quality comprehensive services were provided to consumers in a timely manner while meeting state and national funding and accreditation requirements in addition to ensuring organizational success.  She has experience in new program implementation as well as general practice facilitation.

Practice Facilitation and Team Supports for Coordinating Care

The MAT Coordinator will advise and support PCPs and their staff as they adapt MAT to their practice contexts and patient populations. A major function of this role will be to facilitate communication between the PCP and the behavioral health provider to whom patients are referred. This will support coordinated care. The MAT Coordinator will educate providers about local behavioral health services and community resources available to support patients’ psychosocial treatment and recovery needs, and help practices establish referral protocols that work for their practice.
Ms. Norman will have monthly site visits with the practice liaison to check in on the implementation of MAT in the practice; assess any challenges, needs, and topics of interest for inclusion in the project’s training curriculum; observe workflows; discuss the strengths and challenges of particular processes including referrals of patients into behavioral health other community based services; and discuss other emergent topics as the intervention proceeds.