Institute for Prevention and Recovery

Current Programs and Initiatives


Project/Program: Peer Recovery Program (PRP)

Funder: New Jersey Department of Health, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) and Department of Health (DOH)

Funding: Opioid Overdose Recovery Program (OORP) Monmouth, Ocean, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Somerset, and Union counties and Quality Improvement Program -New Jersey (QIP-NJ)

Locations: Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC), Community Medical Center (CMC), Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (CBMC), Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC), Monmouth Medical Center (MMC), Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus (MMCSC), Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC), Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), RWJUH-Hamilton, RWJUH- Rahway, RWJUH-Somerset, Trinitas Regional Medical Center (TRMC)

Description: PRP, one of the largest providers of hospital-based recovery support services in the United States, uses evidence-based, patient-centered approaches to provide 24/7 hospital-based, ambulatory, and community recovery support services for patients with substance use disorder (SUD) in all RWJBarnabas Health (RWJBH) acute and ambulatory settings. The program staffs 108 full-time hospital- and community-based NAADAC-certified Recovery Specialists, 12 Patient Navigators, and 11 Case Managers.

Project/Program: Emergency Department Alternatives to Opioids Program (ED-ALT)

Funder: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Funding: ED-ALT

Location: NBIMC

Description: Implemented at NBIMC, ED-ALT expands and utilizes evidence-based approaches to treat patients with painful conditions in the emergency department (ED) with opioid alternatives. The program utilizes a comprehensive education and training program for clinical staff and patients to help better treat and manage chronic pain.

Project/Program: Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

Funder: SAMHSA

Funding: SBIRT

Location: RWJBH Medical Groups

Description: IFPR partners with the RWJBH Medical Group to screen all patients 12 years or older for risky or unhealthy substance use and provides a brief in-office intervention, brief treatment, and/or refers patients to PRP for recovery services, when applicable.

Project/Program: Medication Assisted Treatment – Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction (MAT-PDOA)

Funder: SAMHSA

Funding: MAT-PDOA

Location: NBIMC and CMMC

Description: Implemented at NBIMC and CMMC, MAT-PDOA expands access to medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD), enhances recovery support services, and provides patients with transitional medication in between discharge from the hospital and placement in a community care setting.

Project/Program: PRP- Maternal Health

Funder: Office of the Assistant Secretary of for Health, Office on Women’s Health

Funding: Reducing Deaths Due to SUD

Location: RWJUH

Description: Utilizing a peer recovery approach, PRP-Maternal Health partners with hospital and community-based organizations to implement evidence-based interventions that strengthen perinatal and postnatal support services for patients with SUD, connect patients with peer recovery specialists who are cross-trained as doulas, address social determinants of health (SDOH), and reduce deaths among perinatal and postpartum patients.

Project/Program: Monmouth County Recovery Collaborative

Funder: Monmouth County Department of Human Services

Funding: Monmouth County Innovation

Location: Monmouth County

Description: The Collaborative is a person-centered network of community-based organizations that brings countywide resources together to provide streamlined, comprehensive case management and recovery support services to Monmouth County residents with SUD and their families.

Project/Program: Hudson County Recovery Family Support/Outreach/Education

Funder: Hudson County Department of Health and Human Services

Funding: Hudson County Recovery Supports

Location: Hudson County

Description: Hudson County residents are provided with recovery support services to increase support, outreach, education, and assistance to family members and loved ones affected by SUD. Participants are connected to local support services and coordinate with providers and community partners to help address SAMHSA’s Eight Dimensions of Wellness.

Project/Program: Nicotine and Tobacco Recovery Services

Funder: New Jersey Department of Health, Office of Tobacco Control and Prevention

Funding: Tobacco Community Prevention and Cessation Services - Quit Center

Locations: Monmouth, Ocean, Essex, Middlesex, Union, and Mercer counties

Description: Tobacco Quit Centers in Monmouth, Ocean, Essex, Middlesex, Union, and Mercer counties provide patients with eight weeks of free tobacco recovery support, including free nicotine replacement therapies such as nicotine patches, gum, and lozenges with no insurance required and individual and group support meetings.

Project/Program: Monmouth County Overdose Fatality Review Team (MCOFRT)

Funder: Monmouth County Department of Human Services

Funding: MCOFRT

Location: Monmouth County

Description: IFPR’s Data and Analytics team develops reports based on data collected by and for the MCOFRT and disseminates information and findings including decedent demographics, SDOH, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and access to support services. IFPR’s Data and Analytics team, in collaboration with the MCOFRT, provides critical recommendations to further enhance substance use services throughout Monmouth County.


Project/Program: DART Prevention Coalition (DART)

Funder: DMHAS, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), SAMHSA

Funding: DART Regional Coalition, Partnership for Success- Substance Use, Outreach, Advocacy, and Resources (SOAR), Drug-Free Communities (DFC), Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Act (STOP Act), Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), Outreach and Community Education Regarding the Use of Opioid Pain Relievers for Sports-Related Injuries in Young Athletes (Young Athletes), American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

Location: Ocean County

Description: DART, one of 17 DMHAS-funded regional prevention coalitions, has served the Ocean County community since 2009, engaging residents in the process of reducing youth substance use, with a focus on reducing underage drinking, non-medical use of prescription drugs, illicit use of marijuana, and illegal use of tobacco and nicotine products. DART currently oversees 20 Youth Prevention Coalitions (YPC) with over 250 members in middle and high schools across Ocean County.

Project/Program: Southern Ocean County Interfaith Advocacy and Leadership (SOCIAL) Network

Funder: SAMHSA

Funding: Strategic Prevention Framework – Partnerships for Success

Location: Ocean County

Description: An offshoot of DART, the SOCIAL Network is implemented in southern Ocean County and convenes representatives from faith-based organizations to equip faith-based leaders with the tools needed to build capacity, strengthen substance use prevention, and address SDOH within their communities.

Project/Program: Mental Health Awareness Training (MHAT)

Funder: SAMHSA

Funding: MHAT

Location: Ocean County

Description: In Ocean County, adults and staff of youth-serving organizations, first responders, teachers, and other caregivers are trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) to identify signs of youth mental health and substance use challenges and provide appropriate community referrals. High school students in grades 10-12 are trained in Teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) to recognize mental health challenges in their peers, provide peer support, and build awareness alongside trained adults in schools.

Project/Program: Communities that Care(CTC)

Funder: DMHAS

Funding: Essex County Community Based Services - Prescription Drugs, Monmouth County Community Based Services - Illegal Substances, Monmouth County Community Based Services - Prescription Drugs, Monmouth County Community Based Services - Underage Drinking, Ocean County Community Based Services - Illegal Substances, Ocean County Community Based Services - Prescription Drugs, Ocean County Community Based Services - Underage Drinking

Location: Newark, Toms River, Barnegat

Description: CTC is an evidence-based and data-driven process that addresses risk factors within each community to reduce and prevent behaviors including substance use, mental health, and violence and engages the community by employing coalition-building to drive decision-making and foster leadership.

Project/Program: Human Trafficking Prevention Program

Funder: Ocean County Department of Human Services

Funding: Human Trafficking Prevention

Location: Ocean County

Description: Serving as the community arm of RWJBH’s SOAR (Stop, Observe, Ask, Respond) to Health and Wellness Training Demonstration Program, the Human Trafficking Prevention Program strengthens and creates new community partnerships through educational programs focused on human trafficking prevention curricula and increasing community awareness of and responses to human trafficking in Ocean County, NJ.

Project/Program: Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgendered or Queer/Questioning(LGBTQ)+ Youth Prevention Program

Funder: DMHAS

Funding: Prevention Services for LGBTQ Youth in New Jersey Middle or High School

Location: Ocean County

Description: Through DART YPCs, the program provides substance use prevention services to LGBTQ+ youth in middle and high schools throughout Ocean County and the Southern Region of the state to develop an LGBTQ+ prevention infrastructure that creates positive health outcomes for LGBTQ+ youth.

Project/Program: Anti-Stigma Initiative

Funder: Addiction Policy Forum

Funding: Anti-Stigma Initiative

Location: Ocean County

Description: The Anti-Stigma Initiative aims to improve community responses to individuals with SUD and actively combats the harmful stigma associated with addiction. Through this program, IFPR’s prevention team works with clinical and community partners throughout Ocean County to better identify and address addiction stigma in our communities and implement substance use awareness and educational social media campaigns.

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