Those Struggling With Drug Addiction Have A Unique Place To Seek Help In New Jersey

2018-09-18T15:33:02-04:00September 18th, 2018|Categories: Press Coverage, Home Page|

CBS Philly, September 2018 - There are many reasons people walk into police stations, usually to report a crime or because they’re accused of committing one. But since March, more than 50 people have gone to the Evesham Township police station ready to change their lives and deal with their drug addictions. It’s a program called “Straight to Treatment.” “There was one individual that they referred directly to us and within 15 hours we were able to get them into treatment and started on medication,” said Samantha Dowgin with Oaks Integrated Care. Oaks Integrated Care, a local addictions treatment provider, has partnered with Evesham Township as the first town in Burlington County to do the “Straight to Treatment” pilot [...]

Roundtable: The Opioid Epidemic

2018-07-05T11:18:17-04:00July 5th, 2018|Categories: Press Coverage, Home Page|

SJ Magazine, July 2018 - Continuing their influential roundtable series on topics important to South Jersey, SJ Magazine’s Marianne Aleardi hosted 13 SJ leaders to discuss the widespread opioid epidemic. Participants shared passionate stories of their first-hand experiences working to combat the growing problem.   On what people say about addiction…  I hear this one a lot: “Didn’t they know better?” My message is: Look at me. I knew better. I treated probably 1,000 overdoses in my career as a paramedic. However, when it came down to an opportunity to numb hurtful things in my life, it just became an easy road to go down. If it was as simple as knowing better, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. -Stephen Kavalkovich The most horrible thing I [...]

Evesham program drops fear of charges for those who drop drugs

2018-03-26T13:14:44-04:00March 26th, 2018|Categories: Press Coverage|

Courier Post, March 23, 2018- The Evesham Police Department is inviting drug users to come to its headquarters on any Monday, without fear of arrest, to find treatment options. They'll even be able to turn in any drugs or related paraphernalia without being charged with possession. Evesham is the first police department in Burlington County to participate in the new “Straight ... to Treatment” program initiated by the county Prosecutor’s Office. It's patterned after an Ocean County program that began more than a year ago. “We want to get an individual the help they came in for, and anyone who comes will be treated with compassion and evaluated," Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced during a news conference Friday at Evesham police [...]

New Drug Treatment Program In Burlington County Allows Residents To Walk In And Ask For Help

2018-03-23T17:41:37-04:00March 23rd, 2018|Categories: Press Coverage, Home Page|

KYW News Radio, March 23, 2018 - Burlington County is kicking off a program next week that gives residents addicted to drugs a way to get the help they need in short order. The “Straight to Treatment” program will operate every Monday from noon to 7 p.m. at the Evesham Township Police headquarters. County residents can show up, turn in their drugs, and either go into treatment with Oaks Integrated Care or at least walk out with a plan. “Police are obligated to check on any outstanding warrants concerning the individual and must do their job as law enforcement if such warrants exist,” Coffina told KYW Newsradio. “However, Evesham PD is committed to working with the participant, the municipal court [...]

Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office launches ‘Straight to Treatment’ Program in Evesham

2018-03-23T17:35:56-04:00March 23rd, 2018|Categories: Press Coverage, Home Page|

Burlington County Times, March 23, 2018 - Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina on Friday announced the launch of his office’s “Straight to Treatment,” program, which will allow those struggling with addiction to turn in their drugs and paraphernalia at the township police department and meet with a drug and alcohol counselor from Oaks Integrated Care to be placed into treatment. After the initial screening, the person would then meet with a licensed drug and alcohol counselor from Oaks Integrated Care who would come up with a treatment plan. That could be finding them a detox bed, placing them in inpatient residential treatment, or referring them to an outpatient program, depending on their needs, according to Brenda Brown-Goggins, the vice [...]

Prosecutor’s ‘Straight to Treatment’ Program Takes Next Step in Planning Process

2018-03-21T12:44:10-04:00March 20th, 2018|Categories: Press Coverage, Home Page|

Burlington County Times, March 19, 2018 - An initiative Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina has been working on for months that would allow those who are addicted to receive treatment instead of jail time took the next step forward. The program would allow someone addicted to drugs, primarily heroin and opioids, to turn in what they are using at a participating police departments without the fear of arrest. Instead of facing criminal possession and other charges, the person would receive help to get into treatment. The program  would be similar to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office's "Heroin Addiction Recovery Treatment," better known as the HART program, which began in January 2017. Read Article Here

Southern NJ Continuum of Care awarded $3,586,935

2018-02-02T09:04:23-04:00February 2nd, 2018|Categories: Press Coverage|

CNBnews, January 21, 2018 - Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Jim Jefferson announced that the Southern NJ Continuum of Care, who works to prevent and end homelessness, was awarded $3,586,935 from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.  This is the seventh largest award presented in New Jersey. Agencies funded in this award included: Volunteers of America, Oaks Integrated Care, Center for Family Services, Robins Nest, Collaborative Support Programs of NJ, Camden County Council OEO, Inc. and Community Planning and Advocacy Council. Read Article Here

Homeless Trenton man removed from makeshift camp, placed in housing

2018-02-02T08:59:29-04:00February 2nd, 2018|Categories: Press Coverage|

Trentonian, January 11, 2018 -After living three years on East Front Street in a makeshift camp, Doggett, a homeless man, agreed to enter a housing program, city health officer James Brownlee said Thursday. Doggett was placed into a hotel as Oaks Integrated Care readies an apartment for him, the city health officer said. The city’s outreach teams are working with Doggett to ensure he is comfortable through the transition. Read Article Here

Homelessness in the Garden State: Trenton Takes Part in 2018 Point-in-Time Count

2018-02-02T09:10:27-04:00January 25th, 2018|Categories: Press Coverage, Home Page|

Jersey Diggs, January 25, 2018 - From midnight to 11:59 p.m. on January 24th, Mercer County participated in the annual Point-in-Time Count in order to figure out the number of individuals who are homeless within its borders and how each of them ended up in their current situation. Volunteers from local organizations and institutions such as the City of Trenton’s CEAS Center, Anchor House, the Trenton Police Department, Oaks Integrated Care, The College of New Jersey, the Veterans Administration, and the Rescue Mission of Trenton participated in this year’s project. Read Article Here

Oaks Receives $9.7 Million in State Funding to Help Battle Opioid Crisis

2018-01-12T15:44:39-04:00January 5th, 2018|Categories: Press Coverage|

SNJ Today, January 5, 2018 - Oaks Integrated Care officials announced on Wednesday, January 3rd, that it has received $9.7 million in funding from the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Oaks will use the funding to provide enhanced care management for individuals throughout South Jersey who are struggling with an opioid use disorder. Read Article Here