Opioid overdose and addiction has become an epidemic in New Jersey and nationwide. In 2020, more than 3,000 people died from overdoses in New Jersey. Chances are you or someone you love has been affected by this crisis.
With so many overdoses occurring across New Jersey, the need for prompt, compassionate, evidenced-based intervention has been recognized. With the assistance of a grant from the NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Hunterdon Medical Center has implemented the Opioid Overdose Recovery Program in Hunterdon County.
The program consists of Recovery Specialists, peer support, readily available to respond when a patient experiencing an opioid overdose is reversed in the Emergency Department or community. Peer Recovery Specialists are uniquely qualified to connect with consumers revived from an overdose as they bring their own personal experience, struggles and success with overcoming addiction and/or other mental health challenges in their lives. They serve as recovery coaches and provide non-clinical support for an individual, empowering them to make self-determined choices about their own personal path towards recovery. Their ongoing support while an individual is navigating a health system where so many others are competing for the same resources is invaluable.
The program also consists of a Navigator, a full-time professional case manager, who provides long-term case management services in the life domains of: treatment program linkage, housing, healthcare, legal, employment, and family needs. Working closely with individuals, families, treatment programs and medical providers to ensure the best coordination of care for long-term wellness is a key function of the Navigator. The Navigator also serves as a “recovery coach,” providing guidance, support and encouragement throughout the journey of recovery.
The goal of the Opioid Overdose Recovery Program at Hunterdon Medical Center is to release survivors from the vicious cycle of addiction, increasing the person’s chances of successful recovery and reintegration into the community.
For more information, call 908-788-6401 ext. 6027.
Hong Chen, MDPsychiatrist
Khaja Taj Faisal, MDPsychiatrist
Everett H. Hill, MDPsychiatrist
Theresa Miskimen, MD, DFAPAPsychiatrist, Medical Director
Mukesh D. Patel, MDPsychiatrist
Susan J. Gray, APN-C, DNPAdvanced Practice Nurse
Jennifer Nolan, APN, NP-CNurse Practitioner
Kirit Saigal, APNAdvanced Practice Nurse
Kim Stricker, NP-CNurse Practitioner
Kathryn A. Wall, MSN, APNAdvanced Practice Nurse
Additional Staff & Specialists
Albert Bassetti, MA, LPC
James Monaghan, MS, LCADC
Gary L. Piscitelli, LCSW
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