Substance Use Navigator

Summary of Program Deliverables

The major roles and functions of the Substance Use Navigator are identified below.

Role of the Substance Use Navigator

  • Build inter-system relationships and serve as a resource for system partners and the community at large within the defined service area in which youth are served. The Substance Use Navigator does not include the provision of direct services.
  • Focus is on supporting the seamless access to substance use services including, but not limited to, system of care services, specialized treatment needs of transition age youth, and helping community partners to recognize indicators of substance use and how appropriate services are accessed.
  • Become fully knowledgeable with the continuum of care within the children’s system of care, as well as all substance use treatment services, providers, and advocacy agencies within the defined service area.
  • Navigators shall be available for evening and weekend meetings. Navigators should also be available for any activities that help support the function of their role. Navigators shall not be restricted to a 9 to 5 work schedule.

Major Functions and Expectations

  • Collaboration with System Partners
    • Identify, lead, support and inform collaboration among all youth serving systems.
    • Collaborate with all system partners on a routine and ongoing basis, as warranted via email, phone and face-to-face contact.
    • Participate in the local CIACC as a resource and as a CSOC system partner. CIACC’s are to be leveraged for improving children’s services and identifying needs. Navigators shall not create and convene additional and independent county council.
  • Assessment
    • The Navigator will engage in a two-fold needs assessment process that includes System of Care and the broader stakeholder community to increase knowledge and understanding of the substance use needs of adolescents/young adults and the services available to them in each of the identified communities.
    • Navigators shall collaborate with CSOC through monthly meetings and other communications to determine how this two-fold needs assessment will be developed.
  • Consultation Services
    • Planning, implementation and oversight of community strategic plans.
    • Navigators shall refer families to CSOC’s Contracted System Administrator, (CSA), PerformCare, the single portal for access to care, where indicated.
    • Navigators shall not provide direct services to youth and families, such as counseling, therapy and transportation.
  • Regular and ongoing collaboration with CSOC and system partners
    • Face-to-face peer learning, brainstorming and strategizing sessions.
    • Initial and ongoing training to ensure quality implementation and fidelity.
    • Monthly reports will be submitted to CSOC

Role of the Substance Use Navigator

  • Build inter-system relationships and serve as a resource for system partners and the community at large within one- of the 15 defined service areas (all counties are represented) .
  • Focus is on supporting seamless access to and treatment of substance use services including, but not limited to, Children's System of Care services, specialized treatment needs of transition age youth, and helping community partners to recognize indicators of substance use and how appropriate services are accessed.
  • Become fully knowledgeable of the continuum of care within the Children's System of Care, as well as all available substance use treatment services, providers, and advocacy agencies within the defined service area.

The Substance Use Navigator will work to identify, lead, support, and inform collaboration among all youth-serving systems including, but not limited to:

  • Care Management Organizations (GMO)
  • The Courts
  • Local law enforcement entities
  • NJ DCF Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P)
  • Substance use treatment providers
  • Mental health treatment providers
  • Children's Inter-Agency Coordinating Council (CIACC)
  • County Government
  • Juvenile Justice System including Detention and JOA/
  • Family Support Organization (FSO)
  • Mobile Response and Stabilization Services (MRSS)
  • Local Advisory Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (LACADA)
  • Human Services Advisory Council (HSAC)
  • County Substance Use Coordinator
  • Schools
  • Pediatricians
  • Intensive In Community (/IC) providers

To learn more about what our Substance Use Navigators do, please contact us at 732-254-3344 or email us at mail@wellspringprevention.org