For IT MATTTRS 2 Practices

The High Plains Research Network (HPRN) and the Colorado Research Network (CaReNet) worked with the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), local community practice coaches, and research liaisons to create a curriculum to train the entire practice team staff on how to provide a comprehensive MAT program for patients with OUD.
The Practice Team Training will help you to identify and assess patients who are appropriate for MAT, apply knowledge of buprenorphine to manage patients with OUD, discuss psychiatric diagnoses and co-morbidities associated with OUD, and help you to build a clinical team that has knowledge, skills, and resources to treat OUD.

For practices that have a MAT certified prescriber, the practice team training will equip all staff members with the expertise and tools to support a successful MAT program within a clinic.


The IT MATTTRs Practice Team Training curriculum contains five 1-hour modules:

Module 1: Opioids, Receptors, Colorado, and You.

  • Pharmacology of Pure opioid agonists
  • Neurobiology of Opioid Use DisordersEpidemiology of Prescription Opioid Misuse and Heroin Use
  • Legislation: Drug Addiction Treatment Act (DATA 2000)
  • MAT Pharmacology
    • Full Opioid Antagonists
    • Partial Opioid Agonists
  • Medication Assisted Treatment
    • Neurobiologic principles
    • Efficacy
    • Safety

Module 2: The Patient - Identifying, preparing, treating, and managing the patient.

  • Patient Assessment
  • Informed Consent for Medication Management
  • Role of Non-Pharmacotherapy
  • Behavioral health treatment
  • Patient Monitoring
    • Clinical & behavioral
    • Laboratory
    • PDMP
  • Relapse and ongoing care
  • OpiSafe

Module 3: The Practice - Preparing the practice, facility, and staff to offer MAT.

  • Patient Centered Practice
  • Office Management
  • Medication Management
  • Role of Non-Pharmacotherapy
  • Behavioral health integration
  • Patient Monitoring
  • Induction and Stabilization, communicating with patients
  • Long term follow-up
  • Opisafe

Module 4: Special Populations - Offering care to special populations like adolescents & pregnant women.  

  • Adolescents and Young Adults
  • Pregnancy, Neonatal Abstinence, Breastfeeding
  • Medical Co-Morbidities:
  • Psychiatric Co-Morbidities
    • Psychiatric Assessment, Major Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Trauma and Stressor-related Disorders (PTSD), Personality Disorder
  • Acute and Chronic Pain
    • Pain and addiction
    • Use of opioid analgesics
      • Buprenorphine Maintenance

Module 5: SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) / Practice Facilitation meeting to review questions and discuss integration of MATerials.


Any practice in the state of Colorado that has at least one provider with a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. Each practice must commit to having all staff receive the 5 hours of training on the IT MATTTRs Curriculum.

Practice facilitation will begin in early January. Please fill out an interest form and we will contact you to schedule your practice facilitation.


Practices will receive $1,400 for completing the five-session series. Practices who are currently participating in SIM are not eligible to receive additional compensation beyond their achievement-based payments but are encouraged to incorporate the IT MATTTRs curriculum into their efforts.


For Practices Currently Receiving Practice Facilitation

  • Each participating practice must complete a Practice Agreement to receive compensation from the University.
  • Practice Survey - Only one person per practice needs to complete this survey.
    • Complete the Practice Survey online HERE
    • Download the Practice Survey HERE
  • Practice Member Survey - The Practice Member Survey is an anonymous survey and should be completed by all practice members (all staff and clinicians). We need a mandatory completion rate of at least 70%.
    • Complete the Practice Member Survey online HERE
    • Download Practice Member Survey HERE