NJ Announces Program to Fund MAT Training for Medical Professionals

An alumnus of Roosevelt University with a BS and an MBA, John Klein serves as the chairman of Cambridge Therapeutics in Alpine, NJ. Aside from providing experienced leadership to Cambridge Therapeutics, John Klein closely follows developments in NJ health policy.

To fight the opioid addiction crisis, New Jersey recently introduced a program that will train hundreds of additional health care professionals in medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Considered the best treatment approach for opioid addiction, MAT combines outpatient counseling and treatment services with medication, usually buprenorphine, which works to block cravings and the high associated with heroin and other opioid use.

In partnership with medical schools in Camden and Newark, the NJ Department of Human Services will help physicians, advanced practice nurses, and physician assistants obtain the required training and federal certification to administer MAT to patients, allocating $2 million in funding. The New Jersey State Nurses Association and the Medical Society of New Jersey praised the state’s initiative to combat the opioid epidemic and increase capacity for addiction treatment in NJ.

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