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What’s Up with DEA MATE Requirement?

The controlled substance education requirement for DEA registration is a federal requirement that was enacted in December 2022. It is being called the Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Training Requirement
The deadline for satisfying this new training requirement is the date of a practitioner’s next scheduled DEA registration submission—regardless of whether it is an initial registration or a renewal registration—on or after June 27, 2023.
This one-time training requirement affirmation will not be a part of future registration renewals.

How Do I Fulfill this Requirement?

Practitioners can satisfy this training by engaging in a total of eight hours of training on treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders from the groups listed below. A few key points related to this training:
1. The training does not have to occur in one session. It can be cumulative across multiple sessions that equal eight hours of training.
2. Past trainings on the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders can count towards a practitioner meeting this requirement. In other words, if you received a relevant training from one of the groups listed below – prior to the enactment of this new training obligation on December 29, 2022 – that training counts towards the eight-hour requirement.
3. Past DATA-Waived trainings count towards a DEA registrant’s eight-hour training requirement.
4. Trainings can occur in a variety of formats, including classroom settings, seminars at professional society meetings or virtual offerings.
The ADA has provided the following link for more detailed resources. Click Here
  • To qualify, the coursework must meet three criteria:
    The course must cover some aspect of the safe pharmacological management of dental pain and screening, brief intervention, and referral for appropriate treatment of patients with or at risk of developing opioid and other substance use disorders;
  • The course must be conducted through the form of classroom situations, seminars at professional society meetings, electronic communications, or otherwise; and
  • The course must be delivered by a designated training provider.
For those who are less than five years out of dental school, the law allows relevant dental school coursework to count toward meeting the requirements. Additionally, past trainings from recognized groups can be used to satisfy the requirement. In other words, if the dentist received a relevant training from one of the designated training providers - prior to the enactment of this new training obligation on December 29, 2022 - that training counts towards the eight-hour requirement. A certificate of completion of training is required. Designated training providers include:
· American Dental Association
· American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
· ADA CERP-recognized providers (i.e., any organization recognized by the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition, or CCEPR)
· American Society of Addiction Medicine
· American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
· American Medical Association
· American Osteopathic Association
· American Psychiatric Association
· Any organization accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
· Any organization accredited by a state medical society accreditor that is recognized by the ACCME or the CCEPR
· Any organization accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide continuing education
· Any organization approved by the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, the ACCME, or the CCEPR.
Snohomish County Dental Society members, for those of you who took the Annual Seminar class in 2019, featuring Karen Baker, you can use 3 credits from that class since it was co-produced by UW CDE. We will continue to keep you informed as new information becomes available.
Finally, remember that if you do not intend to apply or renew a DEA registration, this does not pertain to you.


Are you a TDIC client? If so, you can receive a 5% reduction on your annual premiums just for learning about risk management. Even if you are not insured by TDIC, risk management training is important for all small business owners. This 3 credit CDE class that is available virtually. After completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Conduct more effective informed consent discussions with patients, their representatives or legal guardians.
  • Establish protocols to review the patient’s medical history and implement controls for dispensing products.
  • Enhance communication skills to increase patient safety and the potential for optimal treatment outcomes.

Policyholder benefits: Get expert advice, earn C.E and lock in a 5% Professional Liability premium discount for two years upon completion of the full-length seminar. Click here for more information and to register for the class.Click Here

Everyone for Veterans

Volunteers needed to treat Veterans! Most Veterans do not get dental benefits and, since many are low-income, they will spend a lifetime with dental diseases. The organization was formed for vets who have returned from combat areas. Everyone for Veterans, a nonprofit founded by Dr. Theresa Cheng, will connect them to dentists in their area. Dentists treat the veterans in the comfort of their own offices and improve the life of one veteran a year. Learn more or sign up here:
(Below) SCDS Member Dr. Jennifer Chan and dental assistant Justina, of Lakeview Dental Clinic (Lake Stevens) helped Vietnam Veteran, Rick Irish (Sultan, WA).

Veterans--Jennifer Tran photo

ADA Humanitarian Award Recipient

Congratulations to Snohomish County Dental Society's member Dr. Loree Bolin for receiving the ADA's 2020 Humanitarian Award. Dr. Bolin, selected in 2016 for our Society's Special Recognition Award, and also WSDA's 2016 Citizen of the Year, was recently named as the ADA's 2020 Humanitarian Award recipient.

Dr. Loree Bolin ADA Humanitarian Award

Established in 2008, the ADA Humanitarian Award annually honors an ADA member for creating a legacy of volunteer work and is one of the Association's highest honors. Criteria for the Humanitarian Award include significantly improving the quality of life and oral health of individuals both in the U.S. and abroad over a period of 10 years or more; demonstrating significant leadership; and serving as an inspiration to others both in the dental profession and the general population.

According to the ADA, "Dr. Bolin’s Health & Hope Foundation, founded in 2014 after her 25 years in private practice family dentistry in Lake Stevens, is impactful for being committed to breaking the cycle of poverty for women and children in underserved communities around the world, particularly in Tanzania, by providing health care, education and economic opportunity."

The award also includes a $10,000 donation to the dental project of Dr. Bolin's choice — the Health & Hope Foundation. Read more about Dr. Bolin and her charitable work on Read More

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Each May our Society recognizes one member dentist for his or her outstanding volunteer activities and community service. Do you know an SCDS member dentist making a difference in our community and beyond? Nominations may be made anytime during the year, and the next deadline is April 2023

Our 2017 Recipient was Dr. Nhi Pham. Dr. Pham is a 1999 graduate of the UW School of Dentistry, and has practiced in Mukilteo since 2003. Mentoring and serving the needs of the community are two things Dr. Pham has woven into her entire dental career. She was part of the National Service Corp for 4 years serving underserved populations, taught in the hygiene departments at Lake WA Tech College and Shoreline CC, and since 2012 has been an affiliate faculty member at the UWSOD. She volunteers regularly in the UW Urgent Care and outreach clinics, the MTI van, Stand Down for Veterans, Project Homeless Connect, & provides a yearly pro-bono dental day for Veterans. She has served on dental mission trips to Haiti, and to Ecuador last year after the earthquake. Dr. Pham currently serves on the Board for Medical Relief International. Congratulations to Dr. Nhi Pham!

Congratulations to all of the SCDS previous Special Recognition Award recipients.

Nominate an SCDS member dentist for this award by April 1st each year.

2018 -- Dr. Gary Heyamoto
2017 — Dr. Nhi Pham
2016 — Dr. Loree Bolin
2015 — Dr. Olga Ortuzar
2014 — No Award Presented
2013 — Dr. Ross Haddow
2012 — Dr. T. Kevin Dang
2011 — Dr. Frederick “Ric” Prael
2010 — Dr. Casey Culberson
2009 — Dr. Joseph Albert
2008 — Dr. Patti Kashiwa
2007 — Dr. Shengyi Teng
2006 — Dr. Keith Leonard
2005 — Dr. Eric Bowles
2004 — Dr. James Plihal
2003 — Dr. Gordon Hungar
2002 — Dr. Michael Karr
2001 — Dr. Stephen Grindall
2000 — Dr. George Holdeman

Dental Outreach trip to China

SCDS Member dentist Dr.Jacqueline de Leon-Estes visited China in May with her family to do dental education for about 250+ children and 60 teachers. This is their 4th international dental outreach trip as a family -- They've visited the Philippines on two previous trips and Belize. On this trip they also volunteered at a panda conservation center -- Cleaning enclosures, making their food, feeding and snuggling with the pandas. Dr. de Leon-Estes is an orthodontist in Mukilteo.

Dr. Jennifer Meader and her smiling staff members at a recent SCDS General Meeting.