Buffalo MATTERS 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. Not a healthcare provider? Please click here to access the community resource page.
Regional hospital systems, through the Buffalo Matters network are partnering with community-based substance use treatment programs as well as the John R. Oishei Foundation, the Erie County and New York State Departments of Health and local hospitals to increase access to Buprenorphine based opiate use disorder treatment for the citizens of Western New York.
- To aid our shared patients in initiating and continuing successful opiate use disorder treatment.
- To reduce morbidity and mortality associated with opiate use disorder in Western New York.
- To provide a best practice model for 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.
Blue – current Clinic Partners
Black – current Hospital Partners
Yellow – future Hospital Partners
Brown – Network Pharmacies
- 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
- They will accept and work with patients regardless of insurance status.
- They will accept ED patients who have not been prescribed buprenorphine in the past.
- They will offer timely appointments to patients referred from the 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 to UBMD regarding the disposition of referred patients to improve our processes.
Who We Are
Joshua Lynch, DO, EMT-P, FACEP
Founder and Medical Director
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
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
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 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.
- Kaleida Health
- Catholic Health
- Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center
- Brooks-TLC Health System
- Wyoming County Community Hospital
- Eastern Niagara Hospital – Lockport
Treatment Center Partners
- Evergreen Health
- Endeavor Health
- Best | Self
- Beacon Center
- Horizon Health Services
- St. Vincent’s Medical Center
- Spectrum Health & Human Services
- TLC Healthcare
- Northpointe Council
- The Chautauqua Center
- Mercy Flight of WNY
- Abbey Mecca & Co.
- Erie County Department of Health
- New York State Department of Health
- Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force
- UB|MD Emergency Medicine
- John R. Oishei Foundation
- New York State DOH AIDS Institute
- University at Buffalo Research Foundation
- University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
For more information or to become a partner, please contact us.
If seeking help for opioid abuse disorder, please refer to the “HOW TO GET HELP” section at the bottom of this page.