Provider Clinical Support System (PCSS)

Updated: Oct 13, 2020

PCSS is a program funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) created in response to the opioid overdose epidemic to train primary care providers in the evidence-based prevention and treatment of opioid use disorders (OUD) and treatment of chronic pain. The project is geared toward primary care providers who wish to treat OUD. PCSS is made up of a coalition, led by American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP), of major healthcare organizations all dedicated to addressing this healthcare crisis. Through a variety of trainings and a clinical mentoring program, PCSS’s mission is to increase healthcare providers’ knowledge and skills in the prevention, identification, and treatment of substance use disorders with a focus on opioid use disorders.

Educational Activities

Clinical Vignettes

Online modules aim to increase health professionals’ understanding of prevention, treatment and recovery of opioid use disorders. Most include CME/CE credit and all are offered at no cost.


Designed to enhance providers’ knowledge and skills in evidence-based treatment practices. Most include CME/CE credit and all are offered at no cost.


The PCSS Podcasts provides insight into challenges around opioid use disorders and pain management.


Videos address an array of topics including: stigma, engaging patients and treatment options.


Webinars address a wide range of topics related to clinical practices. Most include CME/CE credit and all are offered at no cost.

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