UBMD's MATTERS addictions program gets $8 million boost

Published June 1, 2022

Buffalo Business First published an article on how Buffalo MATTERS, a program developed by UB emergency medicine physicians to expedite patient access to comprehensive and effective opioid use disorder treatment, received $8 million from New York State to expand. The state funds will be used to hire more providers to expand telemedicine coverage round the clock for assessment and medication prescribing, which will help fill gaps in parts of the state where there are fewer options for health care. “So many people struggle with mental health and addiction at the same time,” said Joshua Lynch, clinical associate professor of emergency medicine in the Jacobs School. “Those two things will help, and with that will come a new electronic referral platform later this year that will allow all this to happen and to refer people without making phone calls.”