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Southern NJ MAT Center of Excellence

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 disorder 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 disorder have access

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

full & satisfied lives.

Please note that our website is continually updated with new prescriber education & health communication resources.

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News & Updates


COVID–19 Tips for Safety During the Outbreak

Free Emergency Mail-Order Naloxone in NJ


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

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The Naloxone Distribution & Training Programs Guide

by New Jersey County is available in both

interactive & print formats.

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 experts, interns,

medical students, & peer specialists who supported

research design & data collection.

About Addicition

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.






Year Southern NJ MAT Center of Excellence Was Established

Providers X-Wavier Trained by

Southern NJ MAT

Center of Excellence

as of April 1, 2022

Patients Started on Bupe


Cooper EMS

as of April 1, 2022

Patients Started on Bupe in the Cooper ED

Since January 1, 2020

as of April 1, 2022

For Clinicians

Clinical Mentoring,
Prescriber Trainings, & Prescriber Resources


Clinical Mentoring

Clinical mentorship opportunities with our multidisciplinary team

at Southern NJ MAT Center of Excellence locations are available. Please email our project contact

to learn more.


Prescriber Trainings

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


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The Southern NJ MAT Center of Excellence Emergency Department

Addiction Pathways is a compendium of prescriber education & patient health communication materials & serves as a statewide & national prototype.


Download the materials for practice implementation. Please note that

materials are continually updated. The primary set focuses on treating

opioid use disorder with buprenorphine in the emergency medicine setting.


Additional materials focused on treating opioid use disorder

with methadone in the emergency medicine setting are available.


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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Locations &
Contact Info

Southern NJ MAT
Center of Excellence

We have multiple clinical locations throughout Southern New Jersey.

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

For general inquiries pertaining to the

Southern NJ MAT Center of Excellence,

email us here

For inquiries pertaining to prescriber education & health communication resources, & clinical trainings & mentorship with our multidisciplinary team, email Patricia Fortunato

For geographically targeted listserv communications, please sign up for your Southern NJ Addiction Breakfast Club

Sign up for the NJ MAT Centers of Excellence joint biweekly newsletter here

Helpful NJ Numbers

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

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

NJ Substance Abuse Hotline:




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