Prescribers’ Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies (PCSS-O)
Prescribers’ Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies (PCSS-O) is a three year grant funded by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). It is a collaborative project led by American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry with: American Dental Association, American Medical Association, American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine, American Psychiatric Association, American Society for Pain Management Nursing, and International Nurses Society on Addictions. These organizations are providing training and education on the safe and effective prescribing of opioid medications in the treatment of pain and/or opioid addiction. The focus of this project is to reach prescribers and/or prescribers-in-training from diverse healthcare professions including physicians, nurses, dentists, physician assistants, pharmacists, and program administrators to offer free, accessible, evidence-based trainings. The training topics focus on safe and appropriate prescribing of opioids and to providing peer support to these prescribers. To reach the largest number of prescribers most cost-effectively and efficiently, PCSS-O provides a variety of educational materials dedicated to this topic. The establishment of this national training and mentoring program will help to improve the health and safety of Americans suffering with chronic pain and/or opioid-related addiction. For more information, visit www.pcss-o.org.
Physicians' Clinical Support System - Buprenorphine (PCSS-B)
The PCSS-B is a collaborative project of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP), the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine (AOAAM) and the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Each organization is named in the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000) as an organization that can provide training leading to waiver eligibility for physicians who want to offer office-based treatment of opioid dependence in their practices. Since 2001, AAAP, APA, and AOAAM have trained thousands of physicians who have received a waiver that allows them to treat opioid dependence using buprenorphine. For more information, visit pcssb.org.