Collaboration Established to Help Improve Access to Opiate Addiction Treatment and Family Support in NJ
March 9, 2017              
The Mental Health Association in New Jersey’s NJ Connect for Recovery Call Line is a key member of a new collaboration of call line services formed to help those affected by the heroin and prescription painkiller addiction crisis in New Jersey. The recent creation of ReachNJ by Governor Chris Christie presented the opportunity to coordinate key statewide gatekeepers to maximize access, information and services for those directly impacted by this crisis. This new alliance fosters a collaborative approach to ensure that the person coping with an addiction issue as well as his/her family members gets the specific type of help needed.

 

Under the leadership of the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, NJ Connect for Recovery has forged a strong alliance with ReachNJ, Rutgers’ Interim Management Entity addiction treatment initiative and the Children’s System of Care to create a broad based seamless system providing emotional support, education, guidance, access to treatment, and ongoing family and peer support — all so critical to addressing our heroin and prescription painkiller addiction epidemic.

 

Here is a brief overview of what each of these call line services do; please click the links for more information:
— ReachNJ — provides people coping with opiate addiction with information and referral to needed services

 

— Interim Managing Entity — provides screening for addiction and placement into needed services through the New Jersey public system of care

— Children’s System of Care within the Department of Children and Families — provides resources and treatment for children with behavioral health and/or developmental challenges through the New Jersey public system of care and PerformCare, its management entity that assesses and refers to services

— NJ Connect for Recovery — provides individuals coping with opiate addiction and their family members with counseling and referrals.

This formalized collaboration enables increased sharing of resources and expertise affording streamlined access for services needed to cope with opiate addiction.

 

“The success of the Governor’s ReachNJ and statewide media campaign has significantly increased calls to all of our organizations. This collaboration helps to ensure that addicted populations and their families are connected to the services and support they need,” said Carolyn Beauchamp, the Mental Health Association in New Jersey’s President and CEO.
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