Locating an Experienced Buprenorphine Prescriber for Consultations

Before starting to prescribe buprenorphine, you may want to contact a more experienced buprenorphine provider in your area to act as a mentor. A mentor can walk you through your first few patients and advise about any special issues that arise.

CSAT has developed a mentoring system specifically for new buprenorphine prescribers. The Physician Clinical Support System, or PCSS (see link below) can connect you with more experienced buprenorphine providers and local addiction specialists. The program is administered by the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatrists.

Even if you don't want or need a mentor, it is a good idea to develop a relationship with another buprenorphine prescriber in your local area -- someone who could write prescriptions for your buprenorphine patients during an emergency situation when you are out of town, etc.

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This website is designed to support physicians who prescribe buprenorphine by linking them up with a national network of trained physician mentors.
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Physician Clinical Support System (PCSS)
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This article gives advice on the practical aspects of setting up a buprenorphine clinic based on one hospital's experience.
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Addictive Disorders and Their Treatment, September 2005
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PCSS-MAT provides ongoing mentoring programs aimed at improving providers confidence in treating opioid use disorder. The PCSS-MAT program is designed to assist providers in incorporating the use of medications for prescription opioid addicted patients in their practices. The mentoring program is available, at no cost to providers. PCSS-MAT mentors are a national network of trained providers with expertise in medication-assisted treatment and skilled in clinical education. Mentors provide support by telephone, email, or in person if logistically possible. (From the website.)
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SAMHSA
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This webpage on the PCSS-MAT website links to list of modules, webinars, waiver eligibility training, and a calendar of events. The monthly webinars are sponsored by several professional societies and are archived. Physicians can register for the webinars online. Experienced mentors can be requested through this website. Resources and Clinical Tools including forms and clinical guidance are also available.
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PCSS-MAT
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