New Opioid Overdose Program Aims to Remove Barriers to Patient Recovery
Voices of the Village E-Newsletter, Vol. 1, No. 5
“This program is the vital next step in ensuring these individuals are able to access services to help them maintain long-term recovery.”
Mike Santillo, Director of Integrated Care Services at Eva’s Village
"Each encounter with a patient counts as a success - even if they do not choose to enter treatment on the spot, because our Peer Recovery Specialists have opened a door to recovery by offering patients and their families links to support and treatment."
Cindymarie Dix, Senior Peer Coordinator at Eva's Village Recovery Community Center
Recovery Specialists from Eva's Village are now on call and on-site in the Emergency Room at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson, to engage patients who have been reversed from an opioid overdose. Eva's Recovery Specialists, who are themselves in recovery from addiction, provide peer-to-peer advice, counseling and guidance to help patients and families connect with treatment and recovery services in the communities where they live, with follow-up for 12 weeks after a reversal.
"The use of Narcan to reverse opioid overdoses has saved the lives of hundreds of people in New Jersey. Unfortunately, many individuals leave the hospital without being connected to the appropriate treatment and recovery support services," commented Mike Santillo, Director of Integrated Care Services at Eva's Village.
OORP Helps Patients Connect to Recovery Services
The Opioid Overdose Recovery Program (OORP) is a natural expansion of the peer-to-peer services provided the Recovery Community Center at Eva's Village. The Center provides recovery resources for the community, offering a structured daily schedule with peer-to-peer recovery support services; telephone support; recovery-related workshops, wellness classes, trainings and support groups; employment and housing assistance; social events and recreational activities; and childcare services.
The OORP focuses on engaging individuals and family members immediately after reversal with a 90 day follow-up period to explain, advise and educate them about recovery resources. Engagement - and more importantly, the three-month follow-up period - is an essential component of the program, as it creates multiple opportunities to persuade individuals to accept treatment and support services.
Eva's Village is partnering with St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center to implement the Opioid Overdose Recovery Program (OORP) and is working with health care partners through grant funding provided by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (GCADA), and the Department of Children and Families (DCF). Expansion is planned to three additional hospitals in the region over the coming months.
Find out More about OORP
For more information on the Opioid Overdose Recovery Program, or if you or someone you know needs help, contact the Recovery Community Center at Eva's Village at 973-754-6784 or visit the Center's Facebook page.