ICAADA Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist (MATS) is a treatment credential that provides validation of additional competency related to the medications utilized to treat substance use disorders. This credential is recognized by the Division of Mental Health and Addiction of the Indiana Department of Family and Social Services Administration

More specialized skill
Has given me a more specialized skill that I previously lacked in working with the SUD population.
– Danielle

MATS Requirements

  • None required
Education and Training:
  • 53 hours of ICAADA approved education or training in medication assisted treatment.
    • The only approved education for this credential is the MHAI SWD Training Institute 3-day (18 CEU) instructor led MATS course and 35-hours of self-paced distance learning (distance learning is included with purchase of instructor led course ticket). 

Skills Domains

  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Recovery support
  • Education
  • Professional responsibility

Education and training hours are defined as workshops, seminars, institutes, accredited college/university courses, and other accredited education delivered in-person or on-line. Education hours must be accredited by approved providers who are state or national organizations granted authority to accredit education for credentialing and licensing purposes. You must show a certificate of attendance/completion that lists who has accredited the course for education hours when submitting the hours for approval. One (1) contact hour of education is equal to sixty (60) minutes of continuous instruction. 15 contact hours are given for each college semester credit. Therefore, a college course of three (3) credits is equal to 45 contact hours. 

Supporting documentation in the form of syllabus, course description, etc. may also be required to review content for acceptability. To be considered a valid training experience for the purpose of credentialing, education/training must be related to the knowledge and skill base associated with the performance domains outlined for this credential.

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  • Applicants must pass the ICAADA MATS exam
Code of Ethics:
  • The applicant must sign, and agree to abide by the ICAADA Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist (MATS) Code of Ethics
  • Candidate must live or work in Indiana at least 51% of the time
  • 12 hours of medication assisted treatment related continuing education earned every two years
  • Membership: $125
  • Exam: Member – $125 | Non-member – $250
  • Certification: Member – $125 | Non-member – $200