"Implementing Technology and Medication-Assisted Team Training and Treatment in Rural Colorado (IT MATTTRs Colorado)," University of Colorado, Denver.

Key Lessons Learned in Medication-Assisted Treatment Implementation

  • Obtaining Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Waiver: Providers experience a lag, or hesitation, between acquiring a MAT Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) waiver and actually providing MAT in primary care.
  • Training Providers: Training providers and practice teams may not result in the implementation of a MAT program but can help the practice understand opioid use disorder (OUD) and how to appropriately refer patients to local treatment in their community.


  • Practice:
    • Nearly 450 staff members have completed the IT MATTTRs Team Training in MAT for OUD, including:
      • 103 Providers
      • 208 Clinical Support (e.g., RN, LPN, medical assistant, patient navigator)
      • 106 Administrative Support Staff (e.g. medical records, front office, etc.)
      • 28 Other Staff
  • Baseline Community Knowledge, Attitudes & Beliefs (n = 796)
    • Opioid medication abuse is a serious problem (67%)
    • Heroin abuse is a serious problem (60%)
    • A person using opioids is likely to become addicted (80%)
    • Opioids are a local problem (74% reported “don’t know”)


  • Successful recruitment of participating practices surpassed original recruitment goals.
  • An opportunity to leverage additional funding has allowed the project to offer team training and provider training across the state.

Conferences & Publications

Conference Date Location Type
Public Health in the Rockies Annual Conference (PHiR) August 28-30, 2019 Keystone, CO Oral Presentation Poster
International Conference on Practice Facilitation June 26-27, 2019 Bethesda, MD Oral Presentation
Practice Based Research Network (PBRN) Conference June 24-25, 2019 Bethesda, MD Oral Presentation
Colorado Opioid Safety Summit January 25, 2019 Lone Tree, CO Oral Presentation
North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Annual Meeting November 9-13, 2018 Chicago, IL Poster
Engaging Communities in Education and Research September 21-23, 2018 Breckenridge, CO Oral Presentation Poster
PBRN Conference June 25-26, 2018 Bethesda, MD Poster
Public Health in the Rockies PHiR Annual Conference August 29-31, 2018 Copper Mountain, CO Oral Presentation Poster
Colorado Opioid Safety Summit January 25, 2018 Lone Tree, CO Poster
NAPCRG Annual Meeting November 17-21, 2017 Toronto, Canada Poster
State Networks of Colorado Ambulatory Practices & Partners (SNOCAP) September 22 - 23, 2017   Oral Presentation

Oral Presentation Oral Presentation    Poster Poster