MATRIARC (Medication Assisted Treatment Recovery Initiative for Arkansas Rural Communities) is a partnership with the Psychiatric Research Institute and the Arkansas Department of Human Services designed to expand evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorders. An addiction psychiatrist is available free of charge via telephone to offer consultations to primary care physicians, general psychiatrists, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants and mental health professionals providing medication-assisted treatment to patients dealing with opioiduse disorder.

The service is available Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding state holidays. Call (501) 526-8459 or (833) 872-7404 to speak to a trained addiction specialist.

Project ECHO is part of MATRIARC, weekly video conferences available to community health centers needing assistance in opioid addiction treatment. Beginning Aug. 10, video conferences will be held each Friday from noon to 1 p.m., with experts in addiction, therapy and case management discussing a variety of subjects related to opioid abuse. Participants will also have the opportunity for in-person telemedicine consultations with an addiction psychiatrist from PRI’s Center for Addiction Services Treatment program. To connect to the video conference, e-mail video@uams.edu or call (501) 686-8666. For more information, contact Anner Douglas at ADouglas2@uams.edu or (501) 526-8459, (833) 872-7404.