Buprenorphine Waiver Training

Colorado Providers Eligible to Receive up to $1000 for Completing Buprenorphine Waiver Training


For the last decade, overdose has been a leading cause of pregnancy-associated death in Colorado. Colorado providers have a unique opportunity to aid persons struggling with opioid use disorder (OUD) during the vulnerable perinatal period. 

There is a shortage of providers in Colorado who are able to prescribe buprenorphine treatment for patients with OUD, and even fewer trained to care for the perinatal population. Buprenorphine can be prescribed during routine clinical care, including primary care, family practice, psychiatry, and the emergency department, to treat individuals with prescription opioid or heroin addiction, including during pregnancy and postpartum. With the increasing prevalence of maternal OUD and overdose deaths in the state, it is imperative that we increase treatment resources for these patients. 

Due to this need, the Practice Innovations in Opioid Management at the CU Department of Family Medicine is able to offer a stipend for Colorado providers who invest the time to take the waiver training to get their DEA X waiver. 

Those who complete a waiver training course and receive their waivers from DEA by September 30 will be eligible to receive up to $1000 in compensation. 


We strongly encourage providers serving perinatal patients to take the training co-developed by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG): the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder Course. The course covers all medications and treatments for opioid use disorder with an added focus on care during the perinatal period. This hybrid course provides 4 hours of live, virtual training supplemented by the required 20 additional hours for CNMs, NPs and PAS, or 4 additional hours for MDs and DOs, needed to obtain the waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. The additional hours beyond the live course are offered online and on-demand so that providers may finish at their own pace.

Colorado also recently passed a law that all providers who prescribe narcotics need 4 hours per year of CEUs on opioid prescribing. This training not only helps you apply for MAT waiver training but will also meet these hours!


For CNMs, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants: 24 total hours of training – $1000 in compensation

For MDs or DOs: 8 total hours of training – $500 in compensation

Upon completion of the course and receipt of DEA waiver by September 30, Colorado practitioners will be able to receive their stipend. 

The first 220 Colorado providers who receive their waivers before September 30 will be reimbursed on a first-come, first-served basis. Register now before spots fill up!


Click here to register for the OB-Focused Online Waiver Trainings offered at the following dates:

Saturday, Aug 22, 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm MST

Wednesday, Aug 26, 6:00 am – 10:30 am MST

Friday, Aug 28, 2020 6:30 am – 11:00 am MST

Once registered for the OB-specific course, the following occurs:

  • You are given access to 4 hours of modules that you must complete PRIOR to the live webinar
  • The webinar is 4 hours of live training
  • At the close of the webinar, they will instruct you on how to complete the additional 16 hours of didactic that is needed to apply for your waiver (for CNMs, PAs, NPs who require 24 hours for the waiver)
  • If you are interested in taking the OB-focused training at any time, including at dates listed above OR at future dates, please submit your info at this form so that we can follow up with instructions on how to receive compensation and any new dates that may arise!


Agenda: Colorado overview, waiver process/requirements, education options, reimbursement, Q&A 

  • Recording of Info Session held on Tues, May 26 here, Password: 2I#@znxf
  • Slides here.


We strongly encourage providers serving the perinatal population to take the OB-focused training described above. However, providers who complete any approved waiver training are eligible for the stipends. Options for non-perinatal focused waiver training include:

  • Any of the upcoming hybrid courses (4 hours of live instruction, remainder self-paced)
  • 100% self-paced, online training options (no live instruction). See options under “Step 1 – Get Trained” here

Once waiver is received, please submit documentation here to receive compensation from CU Practice Innovation Program (bookmark this!)

Let’s do our part to aid Colorado families struggling with opioid use disorder. 

We hope you will consider attending the course to boost much-needed treatment resources within and across our communities. Please share this opportunity with anyone you think may be interested.