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Project Overview

New Jersey Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) Project funded by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), managed by the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), is a project that focuses on essentially helping New Jersey obtain higher quality, comprehensive, and timelier overdose data to inform opioids prevention and response to:

  • Decrease drug overdose rates, including prescription and illicit
  • Decrease rate of opioid misuse and opioid use disorder
  • Increase provision of evidence-based treatment disorder
  • To increase rate of emergency department visits due to misuse or opioid use disorder

NJDOH, in collaboration with CAI will incorporate Trauma Informed Care (TIC) approaches into the culture and delivery of services provided by the Harm Reduction Centers (HRCs) and partner agencies for example Emergency Management Systems(EMS) and Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) of New Jersey, in their respective communities and counties. Training providers in the TIC is essential to transforming the culture in these provider communities, which will ultimately improve access to prevention and treatment services for individuals facing addiction.


To assure that all programs are trauma aware and recognize the dynamics and impact of trauma in the lives of individuals, families, and communities; that all programs strive to create a trauma sensitive culture by demonstrating through consumer empowerment, program design, and direct care, an understanding of the relationship between trauma and health outcomes.


Integration of trauma informed care into organizations that serve individuals with substance use disorders (SUD) and people who use drugs (PWUD) by: 

  • Increasing capacity of agencies’ staff to understand and address the impact of trauma, both primary and vicarious, in clients and staff. 
  • Acquisition of knowledge and skills to provide trauma related services to help clients achieve positive health outcomes
  • Strengthening referrals protocols and systems, including trauma related referrals, for individuals who have problematic substance use.
  • Enhancing county-wide collaboration and preventive systems to better serve individuals who have problematic substance use.