Samantha Neville, LCSW
Title: Passaic Program Manager/Peer Clinical Supervisor
Department: CARES, Prevention
What are your primary duties? I act as the coordinator for the Morris County Overdose Fatality Review Team (OFRT). OFRT is a community-based review team with the goal of preventing future overdose deaths by reviewing individuals who have fatally overdosed in Morris County.
Additionally I provide both individual and group clinical supervision to CARES Certified Peer Recovery Specialists to both further their individual and collective development as Peers.
Finally, I work as both the Mental Health Associate and the Passaic County Recovery Services Project Coordinator for our Passaic County initiatives like Passaic Hope One and Passaic Recovery Supports Services.
Where did you go to school and what did you study? I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Kutztown University, and I earned my master’s degree in Social Work from Kean University.
How many years have you worked in the field? I have worked in the substance use field for almost 10 years in various roles.
Why do you work in the field? I have a passion for helping the underserved and the unseen, particularly individuals who use substances and or are unhoused. I believe individuals do not need to earn support or assistance— that it should be freely given with little to no questions asked. I also believe in multiple pathways to recovery, particularly in harm reduction which is the general concept of individuals who are using substances are going to continue to use until THEY are ready to stop, if we work towards keeping them alive with things like Narcan, safe supplies, and creating safe judgment free zones. Individuals have the opportunity to stop or reduce their use to get to a place where they’re healthier as defined by THEM.