Opioid Overdose Recovery Program

The RWJBarnabas Health Opioid Overdose Recovery Program (OORP) provides recovery support services for individuals who were reversed from opioid overdose and are treated at select hospital emergency departments. When a Narcan reversed patient is admitted to one of our participating hospitals, a Recovery Specialist is deployed within one hour to their bedside to issue a bedside intervention. The OORP’s goal is to link individuals reversed from an opioid overdose to detox, substance use disorder treatment and continued recovery support services. The OORP links first responders with participating emergency departments to ensure that people suffering from substance use disorder have access to proper treatment with the goal of recovery.

Program Design

Recovery Specialists

Recovery Specialists are trained and certified professionals with a firsthand understanding about addiction and recovery. ALL RWJBarnabas Health Recovery Specialists are themselves in recovery and have battled addiction for a minimum of four years. This unique aspect is what helps them to connect with those suffering from substance use disorder on a personal, peer-to-peer level.

Recovery Specialists are deployed within one hour upon notification of a Narcan reversed patient. They work with reversed patients for a minimum of eight weeks with the goal of entry into an appropriate treatment program.

Patient Navigators

Once the patient agrees to enter into a treatment program, a Patient Navigator links them with appropriate treatment and recovery services. They also provide assistance with daily living support in the areas of housing, finances, healthcare, legal, employment and family needs. Patient Navigators collaborate with treatment and detox facilities to ensure the best coordination of care for the individual in need.


▪ Over 80% of those reversed accept bedside intervention via the OORP
▪ Since the OORP launch in 2016, the program has implemented over 2,000 interventions throughout the RWJBarnabas Health’s service area
▪ Over 75% of patients accept bedside intervention, and of those, 45% accept detox, substance use disorder treatment and/or recovery


The RWJBarnabas Health OORP is available in seven of the 21 counties, in the following hospital emergency departments:

Essex County

  • Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, RWJBarnabas Health
  • Clara Maass Medical Center, RWJBarnabas Health
  • Saint Barnabas Medical Center, RWJBarnabas Health

Hudson County

  • Jersey City Medical Center, RWJBarnabas Health
  • RWJBarnabas Health at Bayonne

Middlesex County

  • RWJUH New Brunswick, RWJBarnabas Health

Somerset County

  • RWJUH Somerset, RWJBarnabas Health

Monmouth County

  • CentraState Medical Center (CEN), CentraState Healthcare system
  • Jersey Shore Medical Center, Hackensack Meridian Health
  • Monmouth Medical Center Long Branch, RWJBarnabas Health
  • Bayshore Community Hospital, Hackensack Meridian Health

Ocean County

  • Community Medical Center, RWJBarnabas Health
  • Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus, RWJBarnabas Health
  • Ocean Medical Center, Hackensack Meridian Health

Union County

  • RWJUH Rahway, RWJBarnabas Health


The RWJBarnabas Health OORP is funded by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (GCADAA) and the Department of Children and Families (DCF).

Learn More

For more information on the Opioid Overdose Recovery Program, contact RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery (IFPR) at 833-233-4377.

Saint Barnabas Medical Center
94 Old Short Hills Road
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 322-5000
Monmouth Medical Center
300 Second Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 222-5200
The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center
300 Second Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 923-7250
Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus
600 River Avenue
Lakewood, NJ 08701
(732) 363-1900
Clara Maass Medical Center
1 Clara Maass Drive
Belleville, NJ 07109
(973) 450-2000
Community Medical Center
99 Highway 37 West
Toms River, NJ 08755
(732) 557-8000
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 926-7000
Children's Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 926-7000
Jersey City Medical Center
355 Grand Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 915-2000
RWJ University Hospital Hamilton
1 Hamilton Health Place
Hamilton, NJ 08690
(609) 586-7900
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
1 Robert Wood Johnson Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 828-3000
RWJ University Hospital Somerset
110 Rehill Avenue
Somerville, NJ 08876
(908) 685-2200
Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center and Network
1691 U.S. Highway 9
CN 2025
Toms River, NJ 08754
(732) 914-1688

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