Federal DATA Waiver Training through St. John Fisher College


Federal DATA Waiver Training through St. John Fisher College 

For Students admitted before September 2018, New Graduates, Faculty, Preceptors, and other interested Community Practitioners 

On July 22, 2016, President Obama signed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) into law as Public Law 114-198.  The CARA law intended to expand access to substance abuse treatment such as medication-assisted treatment (MAT).  One of CARA’s important provisions expands access to substance use treatment services and overdose reversal medications—including the full spectrum of services from prevention to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and recovery support—by extending the privilege of prescribing buprenorphine in office-based settings to qualifying nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) until Oct. 1, 2021.  CARA requires that NPs and PAs complete 24 hours of training to be eligible for a prescribing waiver. SAMHSA has created a list of recommended learning objectives for the trainings. The required 24 hours of training for NPs and PAs are broken down into 2 courses: the 8 hour course that MDs, NPs, and PAs take, and the 16 hour course NPs and PAs must also take.  SJFC was awarded a 3 year SAMHSA grant to incorporate the Data Waiver training into our Advanced Practice Nursing Curriculum, as well as to provide training to our students admitted before the grant (September 2018), new graduates, faculty, preceptors, and other interested community practitioners. Certified APRNs who take this training may also use the certificates of completion as documentation of continuing education for the purposes of re-certification. 

ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) is our partner on the grant and provides the free online training. The grant requires a shadowing experience for all our students after completion of the online training, and this will also be made available free to other SJFC trainees along with a certificate of completion documenting the shadowing training hours at one of our 4 partner sites.  Please email your 8 hour certificate of completion to Professor Gail Begley at; your 16 hour course certificate will be supplied by SJFC (we can verify completion through ASAM, which can track our trainees when you select SJFC on the pre-course survey). You will need both certificates in order to schedule the shadowing should you choose to do so.

To sign up for the ASAM DATA Waiver course through SJFC, please use the links on this page, and the postal code for the College- 14618. You could use St. John Fisher College as your business address, and then select “student” or the most other appropriate descriptor. And because the waiver training was originally only for MDs, APRNs are "other Profession" and "Other setting."  And then when you get to the pre-course survey, there is a drop-down there and you MUST SELECT St. John Fisher College to be counted in our training numbers.  

Note for NP faculty, preceptors, and 2019 graduates only: If  you will be applying for the waiver soon, you may take both the 8 hour and 16 courses through ASAM directly, and claim “non-physician CME”:   If you have your DEA number and want AANP CEUs specifically, you may also take the online 24-hour training through AANP: The content is identical in both links, the only difference is the type of CE credits offered.  If you choose either of these options, however, please send Gail Begley your certificates at so that we can count you in our training targets and offer you the shadowing experience.  All other NPs, CNSs and Community Practitioners, and Pharmacy and MHC students at SJFC, please use the links below for SJFC.  

All current NP students at SJFC MUST use the links below in order to be eligible to apply for the waiver upon graduation.


Here is the link to the 8-hour DATA waiver training: 

Here is the link to the 16-hour DATA Waiver training: 


Let us know if you have any questions about the training: Drs. Kathy Plum and Henry Moscicki  Co-PIs for the SAMHSA grant.

Questions about the website and certificates can be referred to: Professor Gail Begley Project Coordinator for the SAMHSA grant.



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