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The MATTERS Network is a program designed to aid healthcare providers in the treatment of patients with opioid use disorder. We provide a model for Emergency Department Initiated Buprenorphine Programs in addition to providing rapid, reliable referrals to community-based clinics for patients upon discharge. We have partnered with New York State Department of Health to create a unique and efficient online referral system to link patients to treatment. Contact us to learn more. Not a healthcare provider? Please click here to access the community resource page.

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Fighting the battle on opioid use disorder nationwide

About

MISSION
Regional hospital systems, through the Medication Assisted Treatment and Emergency Referrals (MATTERS) network are partnering with community-based substance use treatment programs to reduce inappropriate controlled substance prescribing, increase access to medication assisted treatment (MAT), and provide rapid access to substance use treatment programs.

MAP LEGEND:
Blue –  current clinic partners
Black – current hospital partners
Yellow – future hospital partners
Brown – network pharmacies

Who We Are

Joshua Lynch, DO, EMT-P, FACEP

Founder and Medical Director

@JLynchDO

Faculty Biography

Dr. Lynch is an emergency physician and EMS medical director from Buffalo, NY. He is a senior physician with UB|MD Emergency Medicine and holds faculty appointments at the University at Buffalo and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Dr. Lynch has spent over a decade in EMS leadership and several years as the system medical director at Mercy Flight of WNY (aeromedical and critical care transport).

Dr. Lynch is the creator of Buffalo MATTERS and the MATTERS Network.   These programs work to provide efficient buprenorphine training to emergency physicians and create linkages between the hospital and substance use treatment programs.  He serves as a technical advisor for the Erie County and New York State Departments of Health.  He and his team are proud to have received nearly $500,000 in grant funding to support the MATTERS programs and widely expand access to high-quality addictions care.

Brian Clemency, DO, MBA, FACEP, FAEMS

Director of Research and External Funding

@DocClemency

Faculty Biography

Dr. Clemency has been involved in emergency care for nearly 20 years, beginning his career as a firefighter and emergency medical technician. Dr. Clemency completed both medical school and an MBA in health care administration in 4 years, before coming to Buffalo to continue his medical education. He is double boarded in Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services. Dr. Clemency has become a local, regional and national leader in prehospital care, education and research. Dr. Clemency has authored over 30 peer reviewed publications, including 3 on the topic of opioid overdose.  Dr. Clemency is the Research Director and oversees external funding.

Johanna Innes, MD

Director of Medical Specialty Outreach

@JoNana

Faculty Biography

Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Dr. Innes completed her undergraduate training there at Carleton University. She received her Doctor of Medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and went on to complete her residency in emergency medicine at Palmetto Health Richland hospital, also in Columbia. After residency she completed her EMS fellowship at the University at Buffalo. Dr. Innes is board certified in emergency medicine and emergency medical services and works as an attending physician in the emergency department at Erie County Medical Center. She is an assistant clinical professor of Emergency Medicine with the University at Buffalo and serves as an associate medical director for AMR WNY, medical director of Eden EMS and Rescue, Six Flags Darien Lakes theme park, and the Erie County SMART team. Dr. Innes serves as the Director of Medical Specialty Outreach for the MATTERS Network.

Caleigh Loughran

Outreach Coordinator

Caleigh Loughran recently completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University at Buffalo. While pursuing her degree, Caleigh gained experience in the medical field working as an ER tech, a research assistant on a clinical research program and as a nursing assistant. She also has a love for travel and studied in Barcelona, Spain as well as volunteered in a medical clinic in Antigua, Guatemala. Caleigh plans to continue her education to become a physician assistant.

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MATTERS Network
August 23, 2019

Dr. Lynch Instructs Emergency Medicine Buprenorphine Waiver Training in Dallas

Dr. Lynch served as an instructor for a new, Emergency Medicine specific offering of Providers Clinical Support System DATA 2000 buprenorphine waiver training.  Hosted by the American College of Emergency…
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