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PCSS Exchange: 3/1/23-5/10/2023
NOTE: The start time should display in your local time zone, but occasionally it does not adjust correctly. The sessions begin at 3pm ET / 2pm CT / 12pm PT.

PCSS Exchange is a six-session online course focused on the implementation of prescribing medications for treating opioid use disorder (MOUD) in a variety of healthcare settings. The course content is built around the EPIS (Explore, Prepare, Implement, Sustain) Framework of implementation.

PCSS-X is intended for an interprofessional audience. The first three sessions are focused on broader issues of establishing an MOUD program. The final three sessions will focus on clinical considerations when prescribing MOUD and will increase waivered and waiver-eligible providers’ knowledge and confidence related to prescribing MOUD to a variety of patients. Prescribers with frontline experience prescribing MAT and developing clinic workflows will be available during all six sessions to answer participants’ questions and discuss real-world cases.

Target Audience
Sessions 1-3: Physicians, nurse practitioners or other advanced practice nurses, PAs, psychologists, social workers, clinical administrators and healthcare teams.
Sessions 4-6: Physicians, nurse practitioners or other advanced practice nurses, PAs, and healthcare teams.

Bios for the subject matter experts for Session #3 are at the bottom of this page. Detailed summaries and the list of SMEs for each session are available at https://link.edgepilot.com/s/0f3f66eb/H1ZMDQuO30ywOKw2wcfEXQ?u=https://pcssnow.org/education-training/pcss-exchange/.

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 6H79TI081968 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.
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Grace Katie Bell, MSN, RN-BC, CARN, PHN
Board-certified as Addictions RN, Katie has been working with buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) since 2001 when, as a staff nurse at the Betty Ford Center (now Hazelden-Betty Ford), she was part of the team for the Phase 3 clinical trials. Having developed programs for opioid use disorder and other substance use disorders in multiple care settings, Katie brings implementation of best practices and committed advocacy to patient care. Since 2016, Katie has served as MAT Clinic Coach for multiple Waves Center for Care Innovations (CCI) Addiction Treatment Starts Here which serves more than 60 FQHC and other treatment settings throughout the state of California. Katie has also provided MAT Consultation through various grants to the Tribal and Urban Indian Health Centers throughout California.
Andrew Saxon, MD
Dr. Saxon has more than a quarter century of experience as a clinical and research addiction psychiatrist. He is board certified with added qualifications in addiction psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Saxon’s current research work is supported by the VA, NIDA, and NIMH and involves pharmacotherapies and psychotherapies for alcohol, tobacco, and opioid use disorders, work in co-occurrence of substance use disorders and PTSD, phenomenology and epidemiology of cannabis use, and treatment of substance use in primary care.
Crystal Walker, DMSc, MPAS, PA-C
Dr. Walker practices medicine as a Physician Assistant in Fort Worth, Texas. She is the Director of Substance Use Disorders Clinical Services for My Health My Resources (MHMR) of Tarrant County. She obtained her Doctor of Medical Science from the University of Lynchburg, her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, and her Bachelor of Science from Stephen F. Austin State University. Her career as a PA has been dedicated to the underserved and indigent populations, including providing primary care of individuals in the Tarrant County Jail, the John Peter Smith homeless clinic, and substance use treatment centers. She is also an Adjunct Clinical Instructor for the University of North Texas Health Science Center PA Studies program. In 2018, she was the recipient of the NIDA Mentored Outreach Award in Substance Use Disorders Treatment Dissemination. She is also active with the BeWellTexas, Project Echo, and Get Waivered Texas projects.