Long Branch, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. recently paid a visit to Monmouth Medical
Center to meet with leadership of both RWJBarnabas Health Institute for
Prevention and The Unterberg Children's Hospital Pediatric Emergency
Department to discuss vital health care services.
Treating Opioid Addiction
RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention plays a key role in the struggle
to help those addicted to heroin and opioids through its Opioid Overdose
Recovery Program (OORP).
RWJBarnabas Health utilizes trained staff called “recovery specialists,”
who 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.
“Addiction is a complicated disease and one that is baffling to the
public,” said Institute for Prevention’s vice president Connie
Greene. “One of the biggest challenges is that, unlike with other
diseases, addicts resist help. Recovery specialists are key and make a
real difference because they know how to intervene with a very resistant
Begun in January 2016, OORP is 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.
Children’s Emergency Department
The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center provides
a Pediatric Emergency Department (ED) designed to meet the unique needs
of young people. Led by physicians with fellowship training in pediatric
emergency medicine, it consistently ranks among the top 10 percent of
emergency departments nationwide for patient satisfaction.
Recently, the Pediatric ED expanded its hours to provide services 24/7.
Pictured with Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (center) are, from left: Connie Greene,
vice president of the Institute for Prevention, Institute for Prevention
recovery specialists Eric McIntire, Jenn Reidy and Angela Cicchino and
Michael Litterer, director of prevention, and recovery specialist.
Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. visits Monmouth Medical Center’s Thomas &
Ann Unterberg Pediatric Emergency Department, which expanded its hours
to 24/7 on January 3. He is shown here with David DeMatteo, assistant
clinical director of Emergency Services for Monmouth Medical Center.