Samantha Neville, LSW
Title: Overdose Fatality Review Team Coordinator
What are your primary duties? I will facilitate and coordinate the Overdose Fatality Review Team (OFRT) Meetings. OFRT is a collaborative effort among diverse community stakeholders such as Substance Use Treatment Providers, Law Enforcement, Hospitals, Peer Recovery Specialist, Medical Examiner’s office, the Prosecutors office to come together to discuss how to prevent overdose deaths in the community by identifying gaps in the system or missed opportunities for intervention by conducting confidential reviews of Morris County resident overdose deaths. The goal of OFRT is to make recommendations to improve or reduce system gaps/missed opportunities and prevent future overdose deaths in the community.
Where did you go to school and what did you study? I obtained my Bachelor’s in Clinical Psychology at Kutztown University and obtained my Masters of Social Work from Kean University.
How many years have you worked in the field? I have worked in this field for 6 years.
Why do you work in the field? I have a passion for helping others, both directly and indirectly. Previously I worked as a substance use clinician for several years and would often encounter systematic gaps or issues that impeded my clients. It drew me to this position by the idea of gathering a group of individuals from diverse professions to share their perspectives/experiences and to learn from one another and make a recommendation on how to prevent future overdose deaths. This review team feels like a massive step in the right direction, and I wanted to be a part of that process.