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Barnabas Health Institute For Prevention Opioid Overdose Recovery Program Recognized By The Mental Health Association Of New Jersey

07/01/2016

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.

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 732-914-3815.

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