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Opioid Overdose Recovery Program Grant Awarded to Center for Prevention and Counseling, Newton, NJ

When someone experiences an opioid overdose (heroin /opiate pain pills) and is revived and transported to a local hospital emergency department, who better for them to speak to at this very vulnerable moment than someone in recovery, themselves? Having a peer recovery coach available when one may be the most willing to ask for help was the idea behind a new state grant. The Center for Prevention and Counseling (CFPC) was recently awarded the “Opioid Overdose Recovery Program” grant or, “OORP” as it is referred to. This program has shown excellent results in other New Jersey counties where the grant has been previously introduced in the last few years, all through funding provided by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services of the State of New Jersey.

CFPC will implement OORP in Sussex County working in tandem with local health care partners, law enforcement and trained recovery specialists beginning immediately. Atlantic Health’s Newton Medical Center has been working closely with CFPC staff to accommodate OORP Recovery Specialists within the hospital’s Emergency Department. CFPC Recovery Support Professionals, Annmarie Shafer, Katie Calvacca and Kelly LaBar have been recruiting, interviewing and training selected Recovery Peers who must then adhere to Newton Medical Center’s volunteer program criteria in order to be accepted to work under this program. Some Recovery Specialists were recruited from the team of volunteer recovery coaches with the CLEAR program. All coaches have completed the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy’s 30-hour training with CFPC as well as a scheduled 18-hour hospital training with supervision further provided from CFPC staff.

The Recovery Specialists can play a critical role in engaging overdose reversed patients, helping them to agree to enter a treatment program also providing invaluable support to families and friends of the patient as well. The Recovery Specialists are individuals who are in recovery from substance use disorder, themselves. This qualification is important as it will enable them to more readily form a relationship with overdose reversed patients. Once the survivor agrees to enter a recovery program, a Patient Navigator will step in to link individuals to appropriate treatment and recovery support services and follow up with them to ensure smooth transitions between levels of care.

Recovery specialists will continue to maintain contact with individuals for a minimum of 8-weeks, providing non-clinical peer support through a recovery coaching model. The Patient Navigator will facilitate transitions from detox, treatment, aftercare, assisting with referrals and lending a warm hand off between providers. Analysis of naloxone administration in Sussex County has shown that overdoses are occurring every day of the week and CFPC is dedicated to providing on call coverage of Recovery Specialist 24/7 at Newton Medical Center. The dedicated team of coaches under the OORP program at CFPC in Sussex County are ready, waiting and hoping to be a reason that someone struggling with addiction sees a more hopeful future in recovery.

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Sparta

Sparta Police Nab Two on Outstanding Warrants

September 22, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Police picked up two people on outstanding warrants in two separate traffic stops on September 20.  Around 9 a.m. Sparta Police Officer Steven Guido stopped a car because the driver was not wearing his seatbelt, police report.

Camden resident Esteban Velez, 27, was found to have motor vehicle warrants from three towns, Camden, Pennsauken and Woodlynne totaling ...

Sparta Police: Two Arrested with 55 Packets of 'Death Wish' Heroin

SPARTA, NJ – A traffic stop on Route 15 yielded drug a large cache of heroin and two drug arrests.  On September 18 at 1 p.m. Sparta Police Officers Thomas Snyder and Chris Favaor were patrolling Route 15 when Snyder saw a car with an expired inspection sticker, police report.

They stopped the car and when Snyder spoke with the passenger, Fabian Rodriguez, 43, the officer saw two ...

Sparta Police Department Gets Special Visitors

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Police Department had special visitors on Monday morning.  A group of people from SCARC came for a tour of police headquarters.  Sparta Police Officer Dave Pridam and Officer Thomas Snyder conducted the tour for the visitors from SCARC, a local organization that provides care for people with developmental disabilities.

The group gathered in the lobby and ...

Obituaries

- Jun 2, 2017
Jillian Mari Baluyot, 17, of Nutley, passed away on June 2, 2017. Born in Secaucus, she lived in ...
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- Feb 21, 2017
Marisa Rincon (30) passed away in Randolph on February 21,2017. She was born is West Chester, PA ...
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Legislative District 24 Deserves Better

September 22, 2017

Parker Space not only made his remarks in a public park during a public event, but also, he was quite clear that it could be "put on the record". Now that it has, it's time for our assemblyman to take accountability. After all, isn’t that what we look for when watching our elected officials?

Blaming democrats for his own words is just more proof this assemblyman is unfit ...

Upcoming Events

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Sat, September 23, 8:00 AM

Perona Farms, Andover

10th Annual Oral Cancer Foundation Walk/Run in ...

Health & Wellness

Sat, September 23, 9:00 AM

Clipper Pavilion, West Orange

4th Annual Heroes for Children 5k and Family Fun ...

Giving Back Health & Wellness

Sat, September 23, 10:00 AM

Sussex County Fairgrounds, August

47th Annual Peters Valley Craft Fair

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, September 24, 7:00 AM

Hopatcong State Park, Landing

Fifth Annual “LHF Lake Loop” Set For September ...

Giving Back Health & Wellness Sports

Sun, September 24, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Princess White Deer: A Woman, a Mohawk, and a ...

Education

Annual Taste of Newton Event Brings Hundreds to Spring Street

September 19, 2017

NEWTON, NJ—Over 300 people filled Spring Street on Monday night to indulge in food and drink creations from local restaurants.

The event, which ran from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., included 21 different restaurants who shared some of their local dishes and drinks with the event goers.

The restaurants who participated included:

Andre’s Lakeside Dining
Applebee’s ...

Holmdel Mourns Tragic Death of High School Junior Who Collapsed During Lacrosse Game

September 20, 2017

HOLMDEL, N.J. - A Go Fund Me site was launched Monday by the Holmdel Lacrosse Team to support the family of their friend, classmate and teammate Jack Dowd, who tragically passed away after collapsing at a lacrosse game at Rutgers University. You can find it and assist the family by clicking here:

https://www.gofundme.com/jack-dowd-fundraiser

On Sunday, September ...

4 Outstanding Oktoberfest Celebrations in Northern New Jersey

Drink, eat and be merry at any or all of these 4 Northern New Jersey Oktoberfests (lederhosen optional.)  Team Nest Builder says, “Prost!”  (“Cheers!”)

The 19th Annual Chester Lions Club Oktoberfest and Antique Car Show, Chester

September 23rd-24th

The Chester Lions Club hosts its 19th annual Oktoberfest charity fundraiser from noon to 8 PM at Chubb ...

Sodium/salt intake associated with increased risk of diabetes – (Yes, salt…)

Research results presented last week at the annual conference of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes showed an association between salt intake and the risk of developing type II diabetes. Study participants that consumed the highest salt intake, about 1.25 teaspoons (2800 mg of sodium) a day, were 72% more likely to develop diabetes than those with the lowest intake. In general, a ...

The September 13, 2017 Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting

NEWTON, NJ - The September 13, 2017 Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting.

 

“Princess White Deer: A Women, A Mohawk and A Legend” Exhibit Opens

September 22, 2017

“Princess White Deer: A Women, A Mohawk and A Legend” Exhibit Opens

“Princess White Deer: A Woman, A Mohawk and A Legend” will open at the Sparta Historical Society’s Van Kirk Homestead Museum on Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 1-4PM with 2PM talk.   Esther Deer, known as Princess White Deer, was the grand-daughter of a hereditary chief and a most ...