Pictured left to right: Eric McIntire, Recovery Support Coordinator; Jennifer
Velez, RWJBarnabas Health Senior Vice President for Community and Behavioral
Health; Connie Greene, Vice President, Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention;
Carolyn Beauchamp, President and CEO of Mental Health Association of NJ;
Angela Cicchino, Recovery Specialist; and Jenna Reidy, Recovery Specialist.
Lakewood, NJ, July 1, 2016---- The Mental Health Association of New Jersey recently held their 17th Annual Evening of Excellence where they brought together leaders in the
mental health, addiction and recovery communities to discuss the opioid
addiction crisis. During the event, Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention
was recognized for its efforts with the Opioid Overdose Recovery Program
(OORP) in Monmouth and Ocean County.
The OORP is an initiative funded by a grant administered by the Division
of Mental Health and Addiction Services within the Department of Human
Services, and is the result of the collaborative efforts of the DMHAS,
the Department of Children and Families and the Governor’s Council
on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention
initiated the program in mid-January of 2016 and utilizes trained staff
called “recovery specialists” to meet with Narcan-reversed
patients in the emergency departments with the goal of engaging them to
seek addiction treatment. The recovery specialists sit with patients and
serve as advocates for the specialized needs of an individual with a substance
use disorder. Once agreeable to seek treatment, OORP patient navigators
step in to provide case management services. These navigators provide
assistance for clinical treatment and help patients to navigate through
other challenges, such as housing or educational needs.
Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention will soon be expanding the OORP
to Essex County within the coming year.
For further information about the Barnabas Health Opioid Overdose Recovery
Program, please call the Barnabas Health Institute for prevention at