Medically-Assisted Treatment Training for Recovery House Owners/Operators, Staff Members, and Volunteers

Medically-Assisted Treatment (MAT) has been a controversial topic in the recovery housing profession.  There are legitimate concerns; however, it is a reality that, by law, recovery housing owners, operators, and volunteers, must deal with it.  By the end of this training, some may even come to embrace it as a useful tool for achieving the goal of helping people achieve long-term recovery. This all-day workshop is designed specifically for recovery housing owner/operators, staff members, and volunteers!  Participants will learn about the myths and realities of medically-assisted treatment (MAT) and how MAT can be converted into medically-assisted recovery (MAR) within their recovery houses.  Included in the day will be a workshop to examine policies and procedures that might alleviate any fears staff may have about MAT/MAR while protecting their recovery house(s) from potential legal challenges.  Participants will gain a great deal of knowledge about substance-use disorders’ effects on the human brain, how medicines can help, and how incorporating “best practices” can be adopted and adapted to their particular circumstances.


Upon completion of this eight-hour training session, participants will be able to do the following:

  • Explain the differences between MAT and MAR.
  • Explain some of the underlying brain disorders and experiences that can cause substance-use disorders.
  • Describe in general terms the ways the brain processes drugs and alcohol.
  • Explain why some people benefit significantly from MAT.
  • Recognize the common medicines used for the treatment of substance-use disorders, and explain how the medicines work.
  • Counter the myths associated with MAT.
  • Explain the legal issues related to non-compliance with Fair Housing and ADA laws.
  • Incorporate best practices for dealing with MAT/MAR in a recovery house.
  • Recognize effective policies and procedures for dealing with MAT/MAR in recovery houses.

This is a FREE training sponsored by the Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services Department.  Lunch and break refreshments are provided.  Participants will receive a free course handbook filled with useful information and will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the training day.


April 10, 2020, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities building in Columbus, Ohio 43235, CANCELLED!

The governor’s office has notified me that all  trainings for Recovery Housing Operators and ACF’s are to be put on hold until May (at ther earliest) due to the current threat of the Corona Virus (COVID-19). I will re-post the training once I have received approval from the governor’s office.

Five FREE workshops will take place in Ohio over the coming months. Those scheduled so far are as follows:

May 27, 2020, Montgomery County ADAMHS in Dayton, OH, 8 A.M. TO 5 P.M. (Limit 35 people) Click HERE for more information and to register for this event!

June 11, 2020, ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County in Cleveland, OH, 8 A.M. TO 5 P.M. (Limit 35 people) Click HERE for more information and to register for this event!


Funding for this training was made possible (in part) by the Ohio State Opiate Response- 1H79T1081684-01 grant 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.