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O'Connor Hall Halfway House

Our largest bedroom, comfortable, bright and airy
O'Connor Hall Halfway House
50 Bed halfway house for men funded by Drug Court.

  • 410 Straight St,
    Paterson, NJ 07503
Admissions Department:
  • Phone: 973-345-6000 x6560
  • Cell: 973-417-1514
  • Fax: 973-742-6161
  • Program Director: Jody Riscen
  • E-mail Halfway House: Contact Form

Straight & Narrow is proud to announce the opening of O’Connor Hall, a 50 bed Halfway House for Men participating in the NJ Drug Court system.

O’Connor Hall is named in honor and memory of Father Norman O'Connor, whose name was seldom mentioned without the words ''the jazz priest'' attached. In 1980, Father O'Connor was hired as the executive director of Straight and Narrow and led the organization until his retirement in 2002. Father O’Connor passed away in June, 2003.

The program at O’Connor hall is designed to prepare men with substance use disorders for community integration as productive, contributing members of society. Each client is required to complete a series of developmental phases, each designed to prepare the client for community reintegration. Each client will be evaluated at the end of each treatment phase by the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT). The MDT is made up of residential supervisor, employment counselor, primary counselor, and clinical director. The MDT function is to evaluate the client’s treatment progress and make clinical recommendations.

The first phase of Straight & Narrow Halfway-House introduces the client to program structure and daily living. In Phase I, the client must remain in the house for two weeks and is required to participate in all scheduled program activities, including group, individual and family counseling, along with job readiness assessments and treatment planning.

The second phase of the program at Straight & Narrow Halfway House, the client’s treatment activity is individualized by the Primary Counselor. In this phase, the client will focus relapse prevention skills and on developing employment skills, such as resume writing and interviewing skill, as well as gaining employment or enroll in school or vocational training.

The third phase of the program at Straight & Narrow Halfway House, the client must be employed or enrolled in school or job training. The client will develop time management skills, learn to save and manage a budget, all the while participating in individual, group and family therapies. All clients will participate in the 12 step community, learning to build a sober support network as they get ready to transition to independent living.

The last phase of the program at Straight & Narrow Halfway House is the transitional phase. In this phase, the client is encouraged to become a community leader by volunteering their time by facilitating in house meetings and orienting new clients, as well as preparing for discharge.

Substance abuse treatment for all clients at Straight & Narrow is evidence- based, utilizing the following models of treatment recognized by the National Registry of Evidenced Based Practices: Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Seeking Safety. Client’s have access to psychiatric and medical services while attending the halfway house program.

This treatment model, together with the ASAM III Criteria, the client’s diagnoses according to DSM 5, the information gathered when completing a variety of assessments, and the client’s own expressed goals and needs are all utilized to formulate the course of treatment for the clients. The client’s progress toward achieving his/her treatment goals, development of any newly recognized treatment needs and goals, and any changes in ASAM LOCI are used to help determine the client’s clinically driven length of stay.

When the treatment team and the client have assessed that the client is clinically ready for discharge, the court is provided with the summary of the client’s progress in treatment, informed of his potential discharge date.

The discharge plan will include appropriate housing, intensive outpatient services if indicated and any other medical or mental health services that the client may require. Referrals for aftercare needs will begin as soon as a tentative discharge date is established. The client, with the counselor’s assistance and input, will choose and will contact an agency, at the appropriate level of care, which best meets his aftercare needs

If you are in need of treatment, please contact our Admissions Department at 973-345-6000 x6289 or any of the contact information above between 8:30AM to 4:30PM, Monday to Friday. While our halfway house is for Drug Court participants we accept clients to all our levels of care under a variety of funding sources. You do not need medical insurance to be eligible for treatment at Straight and Narrow. We offer treatment at no cost for those individuals who qualify for eligible funding sources.

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Jody Riscen
Program Director of Straight & Narrow's O'Connor Hall Men's Half-way House

Currently I’m the Program Director of O’Connor Hall Men’s Half-way House. I’ve been working within the field of addictions and behavioral health for twenty years. My career began in Manhattan with Fountain House, a Club-House Model serving those with severe and persistent mental illness. I assisted with their COD services as a residential counselor while I was completing Graduated Studies. As a clinician I’ve worked in various levels of care including detox., Intensive Outpatient, and Short-term residential treatment within various agencies in NJ. In 2002, I completed a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Montclair State University and later the requirements for a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. I completed specific trainings in trauma providing the opportunity to work in private practice specializing in trauma related disorders and substance use. More recently I’ve been working in Administrative Positions, lastly Providing Clinical oversight and Program development within an in-custody behavioral health program at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women.

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