Rutgers Behavioral Health Care's Intensive Recovery Treatment Support (IRTS) program was launched in January 2018 in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Corrections and Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. The program pairs the peer health navigators with current inmates who have a history of opioid abuse. Six months before the prisoners’ release, they form a bond and develop a plan to help them re-enter society and stay clean and sober.
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The Vets4Warriors program is seeking private funding to continue providing peer support. Vets4Warriors began as a pilot project at UBHC in February 2011 and has been funded by the National Guard and then DoD since December 2011. The DoD recently announced that it will begin providing peer support through Military One Source this summer. The Vets4Warriors program is a vital program that provides much needed confidential peer support 24/7 to all service members while in the military and during and after transition from military to civilian life. Vets4Warriors is also available to family members of those that are serving or that have served.