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PCSS Half & Half Waiver Training Hosted by: Maryland Addiction Consultation Service (MACS)

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PCSS Half & Half Waiver Training

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Maryland Addiction Consultation Service (MACS)

Time: 1:00 pm - 5:15 pm

15 minute break included

FREE Half and half waiver training!

After registering on Eventbrite, you will receive a calendar invitation from Webex after 1-2 business days.  With the half and half waiver training format, you will complete 4 hours of live, virtual training and then complete an additional 4 hours of online training within the next 90 days.  After completing the 4 hour virtual training, you will receive a link for the additional online training from PCSS within 3-4 business days.  Please see below for new guidelines from PCSS on joining the virtual training and more details on the half and half format!


Contact Julie DiGirolamo, MACS Outreach Specialist

New PCSS Virtual Waiver Training Procedures

  • All participants must have their video camera turned on for the training
  • Polling questions will be used during the training to confirm attendance and participation

Half-and-Half Course

The PCSS Half-and-Half Waiver Training course provides an overview of the FDA-approved medication buprenorphine prescribed for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD). The course meets the required 8-hour training to prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of OUD. The course trainer will conduct an overview of prevention, identification, and treatment of substance use disorders emphasizing OUD.

The buprenorphine waiver 8-hour training is offered in a ‘half- and-half’ format - 4 hours of in-person or virtual training followed up by 4 hours of online training through PCSS. 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.

Physicians are required to complete the standardized buprenorphine waiver 8-hour training.

Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Physician Assistants (PAs) are required to complete the standardized buprenorphine waiver 8-hour training as well as an additional 16 hours of online training as established by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) which can be found here:


At the conclusion of this activity participants should be able to:

  • Review addiction treatment in office-based practices
  • Discuss the pharmacological treatments of opioid use disorder
  • Determine what medical record documentation must be followed
  • Discuss the process of buprenorphine induction as well as stabilization and maintenance techniques
  • Describe how to take a patient history and evaluation
  • Review safety concerns and drug interactions

Trainer: Sarah Kattakuzhy, MD

Co-Director, DC PFAP Hepatitis Clinical Research Program

Assistant Professor, Division of Clinical Care and Research, Institute of Human Virology

Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore

Event contact: Julie DiGirolamo, MACS Outreach Specialist

CME/CE Accreditation Live portion

*Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

Online Portion Accreditation

In support of improving patient care, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American Academy of PAs (AAPA), American Psychological Association (APA) and Association for Social Work Boards (ASWB) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Interprofessional Continuing Education

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 4 (four) Interprofessional Continuing Education credits for learning and change.

Physician Designation

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry designates this enduring material for a maximum of 4 (four) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Designation

This program has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 4 (four) Nursing Contact Hours.

Physician Assistant Designation

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 4 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Approval is valid until 3/1/2022. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) is the Data 2000 Sponsor for this training.

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 1H79TI081968 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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