New Jersey Shout Down Drugs Music Contest Now Accepting Entries

MILLBURN —New Jersey high school students are invited to share their musical drug prevention messages as part of the 2018 New Jersey Shout Down Drugs music competition, organized by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey.

In its 14th year, the contest encourages high school students to create songs with original music and lyrics that contain a strong peer-to-peer prevention message. Whether the song is R&B, rock, jazz, hip hop or soul, the goal is to spread the importance of avoiding substance use.

All songs must be submitted by February 1. Contest information, rules and entry forms are available at

After the songs are entered, independent panels of judges will select county finalists to perform in the statewide Prevention Concert, which will be held Friday, April 27, at the Daytop New Jersey Auditorium in Mendham.

There also will be two periods of online voting. Following the first, from February 16 to March 2, the top vote-getter will earn an automatic spot in the Prevention Concert. During the second voting period, from March 5 through April 26, voters can choose their favorite finalists, and the online tallies will be factored into each performer’s final score the night of the concert.

The concert first-place winner will receive a $5,000 music contract, second place will earn a $3,000 contract, and third place will take home a $2,000 contract.

For more information on the New Jersey Shout Down Drugs competition and concert, contact Diane Higgins at 973-467-2100 Ext. 19 or

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Governor Christie Funds $5 Million for Campus Recovery Housing, Support Services

Trenton, NJ – Capping a two-term commitment to fighting addiction, Governor Christie today announced that nearly $5 million has been awarded to expand campus recovery housing, prevention, and treatment services at New Jersey colleges.

The five contracts were issued by the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), now within the Department of Health, as part of the Governor’s efforts to treat addiction as a disease through integrated primary and behavioral health care. The “Supporting Students in Recovery” program will provide or expand supportive, substance-free living environments for college students in recovery as well as services aimed at preventing addiction.

“These recovery dorms provide a community of support for students and useful tools to help them in the life-long battle to maintain sobriety,” said Governor Chris Christie. “It’s important that we bring these services directly to the campuses, right where the students and their stressors and temptations are.”

Young adults of college age – 18-29- represent 40 percent of all treatment admissions reported to the New Jersey Substance Abuse Monitoring System in 2016, and heroin use among young adults has more than doubled in the past decade, leading to a rising overdose rate, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control Prevention

The $4,762,000 was issued in multiple awards, with the average award being approximately $950,000, to The College of New Jersey in Ewing, Montclair State University, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Rutgers University in Newark, and Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

The Rutgers New Brunswick campus already has a comprehensive college recovery housing program, which was the first in the country and serves as a national model for campus recovery housing.

All public four-year institutions of higher education that provide residential housing were eligible to apply for the funding. Institutions that already had designated housing for students in recovery were eligible for the contracts to fund recovery programs, treatment and related services. Colleges or universities that do not yet provide recovery housing are required to use part of the funds to develop it – either through new construction or modification of existing space – and use the remainder for recovery and treatment services.

The substance abuse recovery housing program was established by August 2015 legislation signed by Governor Christie to require four-year public colleges and universities to have programs up and running within four years.

Although referred to as “recovery dorms,” designated housing may include a floor, wing or other area within a dormitory building or other student housing and does not require that an entire dormitory be substance-free. Project oversight will be provided by DMHAS.

In addition to providing a substance-free living environment, each contract awardee also must provide individual and group substance abuse recovery-oriented programs and services and implement prevention strategies, assessment, academic, and personal counseling services to students.

Pequannock Opens Recovery Center to Deal with Opioid Epidemic

The Pequannock Police Department has announced a collaboration with the Morris County Center for Addiction Recovery Education and Success (CARES) in the opening of the new Pequannock Township Pop-Up Recovery Center.

The Center, which opened on Jan. 2, will provide critical support for persons and families struggling with addiction.

The Pop-Up Recovery Center utilizes trained and certified Peer Recovery Specialists who provide recovery support services to anyone who requests it — persons with addiction, family members, friends and coworkers.

“This is an excellent program that targets people and families in Pequannock and Morris County with addiction problems, fostering treatment and recovery,” said Morris County Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo. “It fits right into the Stigma-Free philosophy we have adopted here in Morris County to help deal with addiction and mental illness.”

The Pequannock Township Pop-Up Recovery Center is located at the First Reformed Church, 529 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Pompton Plains. It is open on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Anchoring the support services provided at each Pop-Up Recovery Center is an All-Recovery Meeting, which is facilitated by the Peer Recovery Specialist. (These meetings are not 12 Step meetings and have no affiliation with NA/AA.) They are based on the philosophy that people from every recovery pathway have much in common and can benefit from sharing together.

They offer a place where people can share recovery experiences, with an emphasis on the hope and healing of recovery and how recovery has changed their lives, regardless of the substance or behavior that is at the root of our addiction.

The Pequannock Township Pop-Up Recovery Center is sponsored by the Pequannock Police Department Drug Forfeiture Fund, Pequannock PBA Local 172, Pequannock Municipal Alliance, Community Partners for Hope and the First Reformed Church of Pompton Plains.

Any individuals or organizations interested in assisting or donating, please contact Lt. Michael Fairweather at 973-835-1700 ext. 159 or

Governor Christie Announces More Than $35 Million Awarded To Fight Opioid Crisis

Trenton, NJ –  Continuing his commitment to fight the opioid crisis in New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie today announced the State has awarded more than $35 million to provide intensive services to those with severe opioid use disorders, and pregnant and postpartum mothers and older adults with opioid painkiller dependencies.

“To ensure treatment is successful, it is essential that systems of care join seamlessly to treat the whole individual,” Governor Chris Christie said. “This funding supports the type of integration of behavioral and primary health care I envisioned when transferring the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services from the Department of Human Services to the Department of Health.”

ECM grants of $10 million each were awarded to Beacon Health Options of Boston (Northern and Central Regions) and Oaks Integrated Care of Mount Holly (Southern Region) to provide intensive, integrated services for people with severe opioid disorders and individuals who have experienced an overdose episode.

Once the programs are operating, the Department of Health (DOH) will make an additional $8.6 million available in performance-based incentive grants to those providers in the Enhanced Care Management program (ECM).

In addition to the ECM contracts, DOH also recently awarded $5 million in new contracts to expand integrated substance abuse treatment and medical care for pregnant woman and new mothers who are addicted to heroin and other opioids. Through these competitive contracts, the New Jersey Department of Health will provide funding to expand residential and outpatient treatment programs and recovery options for pregnant women, new mothers, and babies.

Each of the ECM providers is expected to treat 1,800 people who are on Medicaid or Medicaid eligible, with priority counties being Camden, Essex, and Ocean. The program, funded by Governor Christie’s recently announced $200 million for initiatives to fight the opioid crisis, will provide people with the most acute disorders a variety of treatment, support, and recovery services at site-based and mobile settings.

The “one-stop” model of service coordination and delivery is designed to facilitate intensive, integrated care, with as many essential services as possible co-located at a particular site or sites.

ECM combines care management, wraparound and recovery services for those being discharged from licensed treatment facilities that provide long-term residential, short-term residential, halfway house, inpatient withdrawal management, and ambulatory withdrawal management. Services also will be available to individuals who are admitted to opioid maintenance outpatient and intensive outpatient and standard intensive outpatient services.

Medicaid-covered or eligible individuals with an opioid use disorder that will be released from the New Jersey State Prison system after completing the addiction treatment programs at Edna Mahon and Mid-State Correctional Facilities, as well as state psychiatric hospitals, also will be eligible for services. People discharged from health care facilities, such as acute care hospitals and Veterans Administration Hospitals, also will be eligible for ECM.

The contracts for services for opioid-dependent pregnant and postpartum women are expected to provide residential treatment for at least 882 women.

“This approach to residential treatment of pregnant women and new mothers in a specialized, integrated program will promote long-term recovery while offering ongoing medical care and support services,” Governor Christie said. “Treatment can help restore a mother’s physical and psychological health and give babies a fair start in life.”

The agencies awarded the contracts in the competitive bidding process were: The Center for Great Expectations Inc., $786,524; Capital Health System, $989,086; Eva’s Village Inc., $1.1 million; Robins Nest, $635,286; and Cooper Health System, $1.5 million. The programs will serve women in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Ocean, Salem, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset, and Passaic counties.

Since 2011, New Jersey has seen between 500 and 630 addicted babies born each year with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). Within 24-72 hours after birth, newborns with NAS can experience severe withdrawal symptoms. They also could have a higher risk of premature death from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

In addition to participating in a residential treatment program and focusing on relapse prevention, women who participate in the program will have access to a psychosocial support system of doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers, and others in recovery, referrals to obstetricians and nutritionists and services for housing, transportation, childcare, and job preparation.

DOH also recently awarded $275,000 to educate older adults about the dangers of continued opioid use and the availability of alternative approaches to pain management.

Five contracts of $55,000 each for alternative methods of pain management for older adults will focus on raising awareness of the dangers of painkillers and alternative, safer options.

“We owe it to our older residents to help them explore better, healthier means toward pain management,” Governor Christie said.

In 2015, almost 6,300 of the people who overdosed from opioids were older than 55, according to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

The five contracts, funded through the federal Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) State-Targeted Response to Opioid Crisis grant, were awarded to: Center for Prevention and Counseling, Inc. (Newton); Children’s Aid and Family Services (Paramus); NCADD Hudson DBA Partners in Prevention (Secaucus); Prevention Resources (Flemington); and Rowan College at Burlington County (Mt. Laurel).

CCM: Addiction Recovery Volunteer Training Program

County College of Morris, in cooperation with Rebecca Conviser, founder of a Morris County Drug Court collaborative program for the court’s adjudicated offenders, is offering a unique opportunity for volunteers to participate in a newly created “Creative, Positive Expression’’ program.CCM: Addiction Recovery Volunteer Training Program

Creative, Positive Expression offers writing, poetry and art that provides an outlet for participants to develop and tap into new areas of expression, allowing them to work through feelings, past experiences, and barriers to a new life.

The goal of the program is to support sobriety and recovery from addictions that have led participants to sentencing in Drug Court.

CCM logoThe assignment and management of this new program is under the oversight of the Drug Court.

To learn more about the program and the potential of volunteering, start with a Jan. 9 information session, from 6:30-8 p.m., to be held at the County College of Morris in Randolph.

A subsequent one-day, Feb. 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., training session will orient potential volunteers to the requirements and areas of study covered in the multi-week course.  (Course AHP-161, Section #28463)

For more information or to register, call 973-328-5000 (ask for continuing adult education) or visit (page 15)