Medication‐Assisted Program

Medication‐Assisted Program

Consistent with the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000) and the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA 2016), only licensed and qualified Physicians, Physician Assistants (PAs) and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNPs) may prescribe Buprenorphine for maintenance treatment or detoxification treatment for opioid abuse.

Qualified providers must meet one or more of these criteria:

  • Holds a subspecialty board certification in Addiction Psychiatry (ABPN) or ASAM certification or American Osteopathic Association certification
  • Has completed 8 hours (Physicians) or 24 hours (PAs and ARNPs) of buprenorphine training provided by ASAM, AAAP, AMA, AOA, APA (or other organizations which may be designated by Department of HHS)
  • Has been an Investigator on clinical trial(s) for approval of Schedule III, IV, or V narcotic opioid for detox/maintenance
  • Has other training deemed adequate by State medical licensing board or Secretary of HHS
  • Must affirm capacity to refer patients for appropriate counseling and ancillary services needed to treat opioid addiction
  • Must register with SAMHSA and DEA.
  • Must be privileged to provide MAT services through MLCHC’s governing board.

MAT Nurse Care Manager requirements:

  • Hold WA RN license
  • Complete mandated training
  • MAT Nurse Care Manager responsibilities
  • Oversee MAT providers panel
  • Monitor compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Partner with patients

How does Suboxone work?

  • Suboxone contains two medications: Buprenorphine and Naltrexone (Naloxone)
  • Buprenorphine‐ is a partial agonist or stimulator of the opioid receptor
  • Binds opioid receptor and suppresses cravings and withdrawal symptoms
  • Since it is only a partial agonist, it only stimulates the opioid receptors a little, avoiding the strong effects like Vicodin, oxycodone, heroin, methadone, etc.
  • Remains on opioid receptors for days blocking the effect of other opioids like pain killers or heroin
  • It has a ceiling effect of how much it suppresses breathing
  • Naltrexone is an antagonist or blocker of the opioid receptor which reduces misuse

 Goals of our Suboxone MAT Program:

  1. Save lives
  2. Reduce risk
  3. Improve function
  4. Stabilize the dopamine in the brain to allow for effective therapy and reworking of neural circuits

MAT Hours

MAT in Moses Lake: Monday - Friday  8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

MAT in Quincy: Mondays and Wednesdays 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM


The Team

Moses Lake
Medical, Medication‐Assisted Program

Dr. Mulder completed undergraduate studies in Biology and Chemistry at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL and received her Doctorate of Osteopathy from Des Moines University in Des... Read More

Moses Lake
Medical, Medication‐Assisted Program

Dr. Hardy received his bachelors in Biology at WSU, completed a Masters in Medical Science at WUHS in Pomona California and attended Medical school at WUHS in Lebanon OR. He finished his residency... Read More

Moses Lake
Medical, Medication‐Assisted Program

Dr. Fife attended Ross University School of Medicine and did his residency with Mercy Hospital in Janesville, WI. He has a special interest in Well Child Care, Preventative Medicine for Men and... Read More

Moses Lake
Behavioral Health, Medication‐Assisted Program

Shawta is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Pacific Lutheran University, a Master of Public Health degree from... Read More


Moses Lake Community Health Center is dedicated to serving migrant and seasonal farm workers, the uninsured, underinsured and others who have difficulty accessing care.  READ MORE...

This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).


Moses Lake Community Health Center

605 Coolidge Street
     Moses Lake, WA 98837

 (509) 765-0674
After Hours Nurse Advice Line
    (509) 765-0674

Cancellation Line
    (509) 766-8975

Quincy Community Health Center

1450 1st Avenue SW
     Quincy, WA 98848

 (509) 787-6423
After Hours Nurse Advice Line
(509) 787-6423

Ephrata Community Dental Clinic

204 12th Ave SW
     Ephrata, WA 98823
(509) 754-6199

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