Free Buprenorphine Waiver Eligibility Trainings Offered for Clinical Providers

The New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute, in partnership with various local health departments, is sponsoring free buprenorphine waiver eligibility trainings for clinical providers. Two trainings will be offered in St. Lawrence County on the following dates:

In response to opioid overdose deaths in New York State, increased access to buprenorphine treatment for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) is urgently needed. Physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and medical residents are highly encouraged to attend.

Under current regulations, authorized practitioners (MDs, DOs, NPs & PAs) are required to obtain a ‘waiver’ to prescribe buprenorphine. To acquire it, physicians are required to complete a standardized 8-hour buprenorphine waiver training. Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Physician Assistants (PAs) are required to complete the same 8-hour training as well as an additional 16 hours of online training as established by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA).

Medical residents may also take the course and apply for their waiver once they receive their DEA license. The 8-hour training is offered in a ‘half and-half’ format — 4.5 hours of in-person training followed by 3.5 hours of online training.

Upon completion of the required training, providers will meet the requirement of the DATA 2000 to apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid-dependent patients. More information is available here:

NYS Buprenorphine Waiver Eligibility Trainings Flyer:

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