Implementation Support for MOUD (ISM)




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What is the ISM Team Training?

Implementation Support for MOUD (ISM) will help your practice increase access to MOUD for your patients and build the confidence of providers to successfully support patients eligible for MOUD in primary care.

Who is Eligible?

Practices who have prescribed Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) to 4 or fewer patients in the last three months.

What Will My Team Receive?

Practices will receive support from a practice facilitator for 12 months. Practice support may flex over time in intensity, depending on the needs of the practice. For example, there may be multiple visits a month for the first three months as implementation begins, and then that backs off to once a month for maintenance. Practices will have check in’s with David Mendez, MD, an addiction trained subject matter expert, to receive help and support. The ISM project team will also provide support as needed.  

Practices will receive up to $12,000 by completing milestones that expand MOUD services at their site. Practices will also receive implementation support from our addiction medicine physician expert and trained practice facilitators.

What are the requirements?

Practices will be given milestones to meet throughout the project and will be assessed on these milestones at baseline and periodically through the project. Data will also be collected through the practice facilitator that is working with the practice and through surveys completed by the practice.

When will the training begin?

Project implementation will begin March 2023.

What is the IT MATTTRs team training?

The ITMATTTRs2 Practice Team Training will help you identify and assess patients who are appropriate for MOUD, apply knowledge of buprenorphine to manage patients with OUD, help you build a clinical team that has knowledge, skills, and resources to treat OUD. For practices that have a MOUD certified prescriber, the practice team training will equip all staff members with the expertise and tools to support a successful MOUD program within a clinic. 

To learn more about the training visit the IT MATTTrs website here.

Who is Eligible?

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.


Practices will receive $1,250 for completing the five-session series.

Each practice will need to assign a lead provider that will attend each session of the training.

IT MATTTRs Curriculum

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

Click here to view the training resources.

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.

IT MATTTRs Curriculum - Behavioral Health

The IT MATTTRs Practice Team Training curriculum for behavioral health organizations contains 6 modules completed in five sessions:

Module 1: What Behavioral Health Providers need to know about treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) with buprenorphine.

Module 2: Impact of OUD.

Module 3: Pharmacology of buprenorphine and opioids.

Module 4: Detection and diagnosis.

Module 5: Working with patients on buprenorphine.

Module 6: Logistics of Providing Behavioral Health Services for OUD.

For Practices Currently Receiving Practice Facilitation

Team Training Resources

Here you can find resources from previous trainings.

Salida Team Training - February 13th and 14th, 2023


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