Locating an Experienced Buprenorphine Prescriber for Consultations
Before starting to prescribe buprenorphine, you may want to contact a more experienced buprenorphine provider in your area to act as a mentor. A mentor can walk you through your first few patients and advise about any special issues that arise.
CSAT has developed a mentoring system specifically for new buprenorphine prescribers. The Physician Clinical Support System, or PCSS (see link below) can connect you with more experienced buprenorphine providers and local addiction specialists. The program is administered by the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatrists.
Even if you don't want or need a mentor, it is a good idea to develop a relationship with another buprenorphine prescriber in your local area -- someone who could write prescriptions for your buprenorphine patients during an emergency situation when you are out of town, etc.