The Center for Prevention and Counseling was awarded the Support Team for Addiction Recovery grant, to employ recovery specialists who will provide non-clinical assistance and recovery support services to individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD).
Funding is provided under the State of New Jersey’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. The Sussex County STAR team will also consist of a program supervisor and case managers who, together with recovery support specialists will work with individuals to assist with issues that often occur concurrently with OUD, such as homelessness, incarceration, legal issues, employment, education, transportation, need for social services, health care, child welfare involvement, child care, health insurance, documentation, etc.
The overall goal of STAR is to help maintain individuals with OUD in a “Recovery Zone” for as long as possible, help to reduce the risk of recurring episodes of opioid related problems and prevent future overdose.
STAR will provide services according to a recovery based philosophy of care and support the individuals’ continuing stability, recovery and wellness as they move through the recovery continuum. The STAR team encourages self-determination and promotes the hope that individuals can recover from OUD and regain meaningful roles and relationships in the community. The STAR team will support recovery planning by linking individuals to resources and services in the community, identifying factors that impact wellness and recovery, providing assistance in the managing of crisis situations, and modeling strategies on how to manage addiction successfully.