Package Description

Opioid-related deaths from the use of prescription opioids, heroin, and illicit fentanyl and fentanyl analogs have been increasing at unprecedented rates. Through the perspective of one of the state agencies tasked with addressing the problem, the New Jersey Department of Human Services, we describe how the state has responded to this challenge. Supported by federal funding through the State Targeted Opioid Response Initiative (STORI) and the State Opioid Response (SOR), along with added state funding and with changes in law and policy, the state developed an array of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services for those with opioid use disorder (OUD). Key objectives of these initiatives included expanding access to medication assisted treatment (MAT), reducing unmet treatment need and preventing deaths from opioid overdoses. The critical role of psychology is highlighted, as these clinicians provide evidence-based counseling and behavioral therapies for OUD, which are a crucial part of MAT and compliment recovery support services.

Authors:  Maria P.  Kirchner, PhD and Robert Eilers, MD, MHP

Target Audience: Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Nurses, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists        
Mental Health Counselors, Educators, Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Registration Fee: NJPA Member $20  |   Non-Member $40


Learning Objectives
This publication-based home study program is designed to help you:

  1. Recognize the seriousness of the opioid crisis in NJ.
  2. Learn about the diverse initiatives NJ has implemented in response to the opioid crisis.
  3. Understand the crucial role of prevention, treatment and recovery supports.
  4. Identify the important interplay between pharmacological treatment, therapy and recovery supports.

Identification of Program Level of Learning beyond the Completion of a Doctoral Degree - Introductory: no prior knowledge of the specific topic is required

Presenters do not have any commercial support and/or conflict for interest for this program

Continuing Education:

New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NJPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

CE Information:  Read the article and complete the post-quiz. Before CE credit is granted, NJPA will require satisfactory completion of a post-test for each Homestudy program, based on the APA - recommended passing rate of 75 % of questions answered correctly. Complete the Program Evaluation. Your feedback is important! Your CE certificate will be emailed and added to your CE Transcript Portal when you pass the program Post-Quiz.

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