Somerset County START
What is the purpose of the START packet? Why am I receiving it?
This packet is designed to provide help and information for people in need of treatment for addiction. This packet is being distributed to people who have been impacted personally by addiction or substance abuse. This information may be helpful to you or to a loved one.
Why do I need treatment now?
If you have just overdosed, you are at the greatest possible risk of overdosing again. If you have not overdosed, treatment may prevent you from experiencing an overdose or other negative consequences.
What is in the packet?
The packet contains information on treatment resources for addiction and mental health that can help individuals and their family members.
Will I get in trouble if I don’t open it/use it?
No – but help is available to stop the destructive cycle of addiction that you may be experiencing.
Is the Narcan training really free? Who can go? I When are the sessions? What is involved? How do I sign up?
Yes, the Narcan trainings are really free. Anyone can attend. This is especially helpful for someone who is at risk of an opioid/heroin overdose and/or their friends and family. The sessions are on the first Wednesday and second Thursday of the month (see flyer in packet for details). Attendees will also receive a free Narcan kit and a voucher for free treatment. To sign up, call 908-722-1232.
I do not have health insurance but need immediate treatment. How do I figure out where to go?
Even without health insurance, many people with a lower income level are eligible for very low cost or free treatment. Call the NJ Addiction Services Hotline (included in packet) at 1-844-276-2777. They will assess your needs and look at your income to assist in referring you to the best, most-effective treatment option available.
I have Medicaid and need immediate treatment.
How do I figure out where to go?
Call the NJ Addiction Services Hotline (included in packet) at 1-844-276-2777. They will assess your needs and link you to a local provider that accepts Medicaid.
I have Medicare and need immediate treatment. How do I figure out where to go?
Call Medicare at 1-800-633-4227. They will assess your needs and link you to a local provider that accepts Medicare.
I have private health insurance and need immediate treatment. How do I figure out where to go?
Each health insurance company differs in its services. Call the Membership Services telephone number, found on your insurance card, to receive a referral to a local treatment provider that accepts your insurance.
I have questions or comments about this packet. How can I give feedback about it? Will anyone be able to tell that I answered it/track me?
Completing the survey will allow us to know how many packets are being received and utilized and also to see which pieces of information are most helpful so that we can provide the most useful, efficient information to you.
You can provide your feedback to us by completing the enclosed survey online at www.tinyurl.com/STARTpacketsurvey. You can also complete the survey or ask questions by calling Cheryl at EmPoWER Somerset at 908-722-4900.