Opioid Overdose Recovery Program
In 2016, to combat the growing opioid crisis, Eva’s Village expanded its services to include one of the first state sponsored Opioid Overdose Recovery Programs (OORP). When an individual has been reversed from an overdose, the hospital emergency room staff immediately contacts one of Eva’s Certified Peer Recovery Specialists, who are on call 24 hours a day. The Specialist – who is not only trained, but also has lived experience with addiction and recovery - visits shortly after the patient regains consciousness in the emergency room. The specialist then assists with coordinating the patient’s access to detox and other treatment services including Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), as well as safe shelter, food and clothing, and other basic needs. The Specialist also provides vital peer support to the patient as they navigate their road to recovery.
In 2017, Eva’s expanded this life-saving program to include patients who have not overdosed, but who have self-identified or whom the hospital staff have identified as having a Substance Use Disorder of any kind. Since then, we have helped more than 3,000 patients navigate a path to treatment and recovery.