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RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention receives $3 million to tackle substance use disorder 

RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery (IFPR) announced the receipt of $3 million in federal funding via two grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The grants will enhance IFPR’s work in taking a holistic approach to addressing the disease of addiction in the hospitals and the community.

“We are tackling the disease of addiction from every angle, throughout our health care system and beyond,” Connie Greene, vice president, RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery, said in a prepared statement. “These grants will further the work that we are doing to bring every resource together in our fight against substance use disorder.”

The Emergency Department Alternatives to Opioids (ED-ALT) grant funding will be focused towards expanding RWJBarnabas Health’s efforts in implementing innovative, evidence-based opioid-alternative prescriptions, therapies and procedures. The funding will support patient navigators at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SMBC) to coordinate multimodal pain program processes for patients in the emergency department, serve as a liaison between the ED and inpatient and outpatient care settings, and connect patients with individualized services based their complex social determinants of health needs using NowPow, a personalized digital community referral platform, according to the statement.

In addition, the grant will allow for the creation of a systemwide Pain Collaborative in collaboration with the RWJBarnabas Health’s Tackling Addiction Task Forces for adoption of best practices across multiple facilities.

The Partnerships for Success grant funding will be used to develop a model of collaboration that will address the specific needs of the southern half of Ocean County, an area disproportionately affected by the intersecting impacts of the economic recession, Superstorm Sandy, the ongoing opioid epidemic and the lack of availability and accessibility to services, according to the statement.

The program will assess the impact of these traumas on youth and connect their families with trauma-informed prevention programs and services by establishing a robust network of providers including faith-based, social services, mental health and addiction/recovery support.

For more information about RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery programs, visit rwjbh.org/preventionandrecovery.


About the Institute for Prevention and Recovery

RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery (IFPR) is a leader in New Jersey for substance use disorder- focused prevention and recovery support services. A 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, IFPR is part of RWJBarnabas Health, New Jersey’s largest integrated healthcare system. Through comprehensive recovery programs, the Institute perpetuates real change by facilitating effective, long-term recovery for individuals suffering from the disease of addiction. IFPR is recognized for nicotine cessation services as well as its training and educational programs, serving schools, hospitals and communities throughout New Jersey. For more information, visit rwjbh.org/preventionandrecovery.

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