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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.

VISION

  • To aid our shared patients in initiating and continuing successful opioid and overall substance use disorder treatment.
  • To reduce morbidity and mortality associated with opiate and substance use disorder.
  • To provide a best practice model for Hospital and Emergency Department Initiated Buprenorphine Programs that others can emulate.
  • To provide the same high level of care to patients suffering from opiate use disorder that we would for any other emergency medical condition.

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VALUES

Hospital Partners will follow these values:

  • We will prescribe buprenorphine for patients when appropriate based on our guidelines.
  • We will not automatically disqualify patients from receiving buprenorphine if they engage in polysubstance abuse (especially benzodiazepines and/or alcohol).
  • We will refer patients to the most appropriate follow up possible based on their unique needs.
  • We will inform patients of the referral program’s expectations.
  • We will continuously evaluate our program and share our lessons learned with others.
Community-based substance abuse treatment programs that embody these values:

  • They will accept and work with patients regardless of insurance status.
  • They will accept patients who have not been prescribed buprenorphine or MAT in the past.
  • They will offer timely appointments to patients referred from the hospital and emergency department.
  • They will accept referred patients even if previously discharged from a treatment program.
  • They will not automatically disqualify patients from receiving medication assisted treatment if they engage in polysubstance abuse (especially benzodiazepines and/or alcohol).
  • They will not place undue financial burden on the patient.
  • They will provide care that is culturally appropriate for the target population of patients with substance use disorder.
  • They will provide feedback referring providers regarding the disposition of referred patients to improve processes.

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.

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Latest News

MATTERS Network
April 25, 2019

Dr Lynch represented the MATTERS Network at the 2019 University at Buffalo Fullbright Enrichment Seminar

buffalo.edu Cathy Wilde April 18,2019 UB has been selected by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) to host nearly 100 Fulbright Foreign Students from…
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From Twitter

“Everywhere we look we are missing opportunities to save lives” @YngvildOlsen on need for smart comprehensive investments in addiction, systems of care+ social services @ House Oversight Committee Mtg on Inadequate Federal Approach to Opioid Treatment and the Need to Expand Care

Wheels down @LGAairport @Delta to meet with @HealthNYGov to discuss new, innovative ideas to combat the opioid epidemic! @DocClemency @JLynchDO @LtGovHochulNY @markpoloncarz @andrewcuomo @UBuffalo

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