For Providers

Clinicians are key to solving the current Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) crisis. Learn more about provider training opportunities, prescribing laws, treatment guidelines, diagnosing OUD, and more.

Refer a Patient to the MaineHealth IMAT Program

To refer a patient to the MaineHealth IMAT program, please call 1-844-292-0111.

Join the MaineHealth IMAT Care Network

To join the MaineHealth IMAT care network, providers must first apply for a Drug Addiction Treatment Act (DATA) waiver. This waiver allows qualified clinicians to prescribe buprenorphine (also called Suboxone®), a prescription medication that, when combined with behavioral health counseling, has proven effective treating OUD. Once obtained, prescribers may treat 30 patients at a time in the first year and after one year, can apply to increase up to 275 patients. In order to obtain a waiver, eight hours of specialized training is required for physicians and 24 hours for nurse practitioners. For more information visit https://www.samhsa.gov/.

 

Provider Education and Resources

 

Diagnosis & Treatment of OUD

Opioid CME & Trainings

Online Learning Modules:

Earn your CME credit needed for Public Law- 488/BOLIM requirement

Co-occurring Collaborative Serving Maine:

View upcoming events and training opportunities

About the Guidelines

The clinical guidelines and policies on this page assist clinicians in standardizing the evaluation, diagnosis, and care of patients, with the goal of achieving optimal outcomes. The guidelines translate national recommendations and the best available evidence into local context.

Adherence to these guidelines should limit unwanted or unintended variation in practice, but guidelines are not meant to be prescriptive. The clinician retains the responsibility to select the appropriate guideline for a particular patient and to use the guideline to the extent that it serves the individual patient.

Any given approach must be carefully considered with each individual patient to ensure that an effective Shared Decision Making process is in place, which reflects the patient's personal wishes, medical history, and family history.

Chronic Pain & Safe Opioid Prescribing

Next Steps for Someone Seeking Treatment

If you or someone you know is struggling with OUD, the first step is to begin Integrated Medication-Assisted Treatment (IMAT) at one of our intensive treatment locations. IMAT Locations

Next Steps for Providers

If you would like to refer a patient for OUD treatment, please call 1-844-292-0111. For Providers