Southern NJ MAT
Center of Excellence


Expanding Care & Promoting Excellence

Ending Stigma & Saving Lives

The Southern NJ MAT Center of Excellence (SNJMATCOE) offers education, mentoring, collaboration, & networking across the nine southern counties of the state:

Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Ocean, & Salem.

We are also deeply committed to expanding MAT access & services at our academic centers in Southern New Jersey: Cooper University Health Care & Rowan University.

Our MISSION is to increase statewide capacity to provide standard of care treatment for patients with substance use disorders through mentoring & education;

building working collaborations within the community;

& conducting research & developing novel &

innovative models of service delivery.


Our VISION is to end the stigma of addiction & ensure

that all people with substance use disorders have access

to high-quality, evidence-based care so they may live

full & satisfied lives.


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News & Updates


COVID–19 Tips for Safety During the Outbreak

Free Mail-Order Emergency Naloxone in NJ



877-4NARCAN or (877) 462-7226 to request naloxone, or also request online through

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Naloxone Distribution & Training Programs Guide

available in both interactive & print formats at:

This comprehensive county-by-county guide for

health care professional reference & patient education

includes pharmacies who dispense NARCAN®

(naloxone hydrochloride) Nasal Spray & the recent

FDA-approved generic naloxone hydrochloride

nasal spray (utilizing standing orders, & via prescription).

This guide was a special research project initially

developed in Spring 2020, with gratitude to our

dedicated team of content & subject matter experts,

interns, medical students, & peer specialists

who supported research design & data collection.


Neurobiology of Addiction


An addiction or a use disorder is a brain disease that occurs after repeat exposure to substances or activities that result in reward (positive) & withdrawal (negative) cycles.

When a brain is exposed to these cycles over and over, the end result is change in the brain structure & connections that can change behavior. People often experience impulse control, or the inability to stop a behavior such as using a substance.

Over time, using substances or engaging in the addictive behavior often doesn't even feel pleasurable anymore, but people with

use disorders have a compulsion to continue to use as if it is survival, & an inability to stop or assess risk.

This can be detrimental to relationships, productivity, & engaging in normal life activities. It can result in severe emotional & physical distress.

The good news is that for some addictions, like opioid use disorder, we have medications that can help stop this cycle & stabilize the brain. Research clearly demonstrates that these medications save lives (decrease mortality) & help people live longer,

more productive, & satisfying lives.


Image: Koob, G. F., & Volkow, N. D. (2016).

Neurobiology of addiction: a neurocircuitry analysis.

The Lancet Psychiatry, 3(8), 760-773.





Year Southern NJ MAT Center of Excellence Established

Providers X-Wavier Trained by

Southern NJ MAT

Center of Excellence

Patients Started on MAT in the Field by

Cooper EMS

Patients Started on Bupe in the Cooper ED

Since 2019


Clinical Mentoring, Trainings, & Prescriber Education Resources

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Clinical Mentoring

Please email our clinical mentoring project contact Patricia Fortunato to learn more about mentorship opportunities with the Southern NJ MAT Center of Excellence.

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Please find registration links for ongoing & upcoming didactic & asynchronous trainings, & continuing medical education opportunities.

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NJ MAT Centers of Excellence Emergency Department Addiction Pathways (NJMATCOE EDAP) is a compendium of prescriber education &

health communication material & serves as a statewide & national prototype.


Download the materials for practice implementation & please contact

Rachel Haroz, MD, FAACT with clinical mentoring requests regarding ED Bridge programmatic implementation & Patricia Fortunato with content inquiries.

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This comprehensive reference tool was developed for peer specialists,

patient navigators, & all communities of practice.


View the tool & download resources within:

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We have multiple clinical locations throughout Southern New Jersey.

Check out the map above to find a location close to you.

MAT Providers:
CALL or TEXT the 24/7 NJ MAT Provider Hotline

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For general inquiries pertaining to the

Southern NJ MAT Center of Excellence,

email us here

For inquiries pertaining to clinical mentorship opportunities with our multidisciplinary team, prescriber education & patient health communication material, & online platforms including this website, please contact

Patricia FortunatoContent Manager,

Southern NJ MAT Center of Excellence.

Helpful NJ Numbers

NJ MAT Provider Hotline Number (CALL or TEXT 24/7):

1-844-HELP-OUD (435-7683)

NJ Substance Abuse Hotline: