What is Operation SAL?

Operation SAL is a groundbreaking new pilot program from the Camden County Board of Freeholders that provides critical treatment services to those battling the grip of opiate and heroin addiction. The program aims to provide detoxification and treatment services for anyone that has survived an overdose.

In partnership with law enforcement and our four area health care providers, this new policy will provide the next step after a life is saved by a first responder. The goal of the program is to initiate a “warm hand off” to outpatient detox followed by intensive outpatient treatment at Delaware Valley Medical in Pennsauken. There they will be treated on an outpatient basis until a bed opens at a facility or they can be managed at the level of care determined by their case manager.

This innovative program is being coordinated by the Camden County Addiction Awareness Task Force, which has put a number of educational and preventive initiatives into service after it was commissioned in May of 2014.

Operation SAL is named after Sal Marchese, who passed away in 2010, and is the son of task force member Patty DiRenzo. SAL is also an acronym for save-a-life. DiRenzo has been a statewide advocate and an outstanding resource on the issue of heroin and opiate addiction. In 2013, she worked with the state to pass the Overdose Prevention Act.

Kennedy Health, Virtua Health System, Cooper University Health Care, and Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center all are participating in the program.

For more information please call Jennifer Skokowski @ DVM at (856) 665-5100 or John Pellicane at Camden County Department of Health & Human Services at (856) 374-6361.