Champion Prescriber, is an initiative also funded through the SAMHSA, North Dakota’s State Targeted Response to
the Opioid Crisis grant, administered through the North Dakota, Department of Human Services. In order to expand
access to medication assisted treatment (MAT) for individuals with opioid use disorder, Community Medical
Services (CMS) and Heartview will collaborate to develop a MAT (clinical) Hub and Spoke to provide support for
medical providers with their buprenorphine waiver providing office-based opioid treatment (OBOT) and care
coordination for individuals receiving MAT. CMS’ Opioid Treatment Programs (OTP) in Fargo and Minot and
Heartview’s OTP in Bismarck will serve as the hubs and OBOT providers will serve as the spokes. CMS and
Heartview will utilize a Champion Prescriber (medical provider) to provide MAT treatment and overdose prevention
education, to engage non-buprenorphine waived medical providers, provide ongoing support for OBOT providers in
collaboration with Project ECHO, and provide training on the use of Naloxone for overdose prevention.
Project ECHO and the Champion Prescribers are both components of North Dakota’s State Targeted Response
(STR) to the Opioid Crisis grant, funded by the federal Department Health and Human Services (DHHS),
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), administered through the North Dakota
Department of Human Services.