Download MATS Application & Ethics Requirements HERE
The Indiana Counselors Association on Alcohol & Drug Abuse (ICAADA) defines a Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist (MATS) as a practitioner as who has demonstrated their knowledge and skills in the 4 MATS performance domains identified in the MATS Job Task Analysis (JTA) & ICAADA MATS Candidate Guide (2008). In order to become MATS certified, a practitioner must possess a basic familiarity with the entire range of the 4 Performance Domains of a Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist:
When performing these functions, the practitioner must commit to and demonstrate consistent adherence to the ICAADA Code of Ethical Conduct and agree to continue their professional development with ongoing education, training and clinical supervision. Although the MATS credential is intended as a board specialty for certified and licensed behavioral health professionals, the credential is available to those that are not currently certified and licensed. However, it is important to note that this credential provides no permission to practice and does not afford the practitioner a scope of practice they are not already entitled to under their existing credentials. If an individual chooses to pursue the MATS credential without any other professional credentials, certifications or licenses, the MATS credential simply indicates the practitioner has met basic eligibility requirements and demonstrated their competency and basic knowledge of the subject by completing MAT-specific education and testing.
Requirements for the MATS – Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist credential
|Certification & Licensure||
Although MATS certification is primarily intended for certified and licensed behavioral health professionals (i.e., Addiction Counselors, Mental Health Clinicians, Social Workers, Nurses, Physicians, Administrators), no certification or license is currently required.
Although a college degree is strongly encouraged, a college degree is currently not required.
45 hours of MAT specific training (with domain requirements)
The MATS credential does not currently require any MAT-specific clinical work experience
|ICAADA Approved Distance Learning||
Up to 35 hours
|ICAADA MATS Written Exam||
Passing Score on the ICAADA MATS Exam
6 hours of Medication Assisted Treatment Specific Training
MATS Training Requirements:
MATS - Etiology of Substance Use Disorders & Medication Assisted Treatment - 12 hours
Addiction Pharmacotherapy Opioid and Alcohol Dependence - 18 hours
Recovery Supports & Medication Assisted Treatment - 3 hours
Collaboration with MAT Providers & Medical Professionals - 6 hours
MAT Specific Ethics - 2 hours
Minimum MAT Specific Training Hours - 45 hours
Download MATS Application & Ethics Requirements PDF HERE