Prescribers’ Clinical Support System – Opioid Therapies (PCSS-O)

The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) was awarded a three-year grant “The Prescribers’ Clinical Support System for Opioids” from the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration effective July 1, 2011.  This grant funds a program that will utilize innovative approaches to educating all clinicians who prescribe opioids. The program has two main focuses; one is on the use of opioid therapies for treatment of opioid dependence and the second focuses on the safe use of opioids in treatment of chronic pain including training on how to recognize misuse, abuse, and addiction in those with pain. 

This project includes a large number of partners who will contribute to the development of educational materials including webinar trainings, trainings at national meetings, and clinical tools to assist practicing clinicians including physicians, dentists, and nurse practitioners. The PCSS-O partners include:

  • American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
  • American Psychiatric Association
  • American Medical Association
  • American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine
  • American Dental Association
  • International Nurses Society on Addictions
  • American Society for Pain Management Nursing

Numerous other national professional organizations with interests in safe opioid prescribing, pain medicine and treatment of substance use disorders are part of the Steering Committee. These groups bring together a wealth of experience and diversity to this project and we look forward to working with them on this important initiative.

The PCSS-O has a website ( that provides services including a mentor/mentee program, a “Clinicians’ Corner” where questions can be posted and other participants can respond. A  library of online training modules is being developed, and news from the field will be posted.

PCSS-O offers free regular webinar trainings on topics in safe opioid prescribing as well as presentations at the annual meetings of many of the partner organizations. A phone application will be developed that will have clinical tools that clinicians will find helpful in their practices. We will also be developing simulated virtual patients that can be accessed online so that clinicians can “practice” their skills in managing patients with problem opioid use.

PCSS-O Website
APA's PCSS-O Webinar Archive