The mission of the Medication Addiction Treatment Initiative in the VA (MAT-VA) is to improve health outcomes in Veterans with Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) through the use of medications—in combination with non-pharmacological treatment approaches—in a wide variety of outpatient and inpatient clinical environments

To accomplish this mission, MAT-VA provides:

  1. Education
  2. Peer to peer mentoring
  3. External facilitation of evidence-based care
  4. Monitoring and provision of guidance's and regulations
  5. Implementation of innovative approaches of clinical care

Sponsor: US Department of Veterans Affairs.

If from Veteran's Affairs, you can access the MAT-VA SharePoint at
MAT-VA/SUD Webinars typically occur every 3rd and 4th Wednesday of the month. If you would like to learn more about this webinar series please contact Matthew Dungan at  
Month Webinar Topic Presenter(s)
January Predictors of availability of long-acting medication for opioid use disorder Dr. Chelsea Leigh Shover
February "Everything is not right anymore": Buprenorphine experiences in an era of illicit fentanyl Dr. Shannon Miller and Sydney Silverstein, PhD
May 20th The conundrum of long term opioids for pain: Darned if you do, darned if you don’t” Dr. Ajay Manhapra
May 27th  Advancing pharmacological treatments for opioid use disorder (ADaPT-OUD): protocol for testing a novel strategy to improve implementation of MAT for veterans with OUD in low-performing facilities Hildi Hagedorn PhD
June 17th Title TBD Audrey Jones PhD; Dr. Adam Gordon
June 24th ‘Rapid Transition From Methadone to Buprenorphine Utilizing a Micro-dosing Protocol in the Outpatient Veteran Affairs Setting’ Dr. Joao P De Aquino Lima
July 15th Documented opioid use disorder and its treatment in primary care patients across six U.S. health systems Dr. A J Saxon
July 22nd Racial/Ethnic Differences in the Medical Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders Within the VA Healthcare System Following Non-Fatal Opioid Overdose Dr. Utibe Essien
August 19th “Barriers and Facilitators to Implementation of Pharmacotherapy for Opioid Use Disorders in VHA Residential Treatment Programs” Dr. Andrea K. Finlay
August 26th Impact of opioid dose escalation on the development of substance use disorders, accidents, self-inflicted injuries, opioid overdoses and alcohol and non-opioid drug-related overdoses: a retrospective cohort study Dr. Corey Hayes
Sept. 16th TBD TBD
Sept. 23rd ‘A computerized anxiety sensitivity intervention for opioid use disorders: A pilot investigation among veterans’ Amanda M. Raines PhD
October 21st Treating Alcohol Use Disorder in the U.S. Veterans: The Role of Traumatic Brain Injury Dr. Ricardo Jorge
October 28th Developing a clinical decision support for opioid use disorders: a NIDA center for the clinical trials network working group report. Dr. G Bart and Dr. Andrew Saxon
Nov. 16th TBD TBD
Holiday Recess until January 20th, 2021