$2 million grant boosts ongoing federal support in fighting addiction in NJ04...$2M More for Mental Health & Substance Abuse Grants for Ocean & Monmouth Counties
More federal funding to combat opioid and other addictions is on its way to Monmouth and Ocean counties and it could not come at a more critical time, said Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04) who represents several towns in Monmouth and Ocean.
“This grant funding comes at a crucial time for people who are recovering from addictions or facing mental illness in the Ocean and Monmouth County areas,” said Smith. “The isolation that can come with social distancing, quarantining and the closing of many mental health service offices caused by the COVID-19 outbreak can significantly jeopardize a patient’s recovery. There is grave concern that substance abuse can increase during a pandemic and these funds will enable local mental health organization to reach out, check in and help people in need.”
“CPC Behavioral Healthcare is grateful to be recognized by SAMSHA for our work in delivering integrated substance use and mental health services to the individuals we serve,” said Vera Sansone, President and CEO of CPC Behavioral Healthcare, which will use the grant to pay for its expanded services through April 2022. Its current sites include facilities in Red Bank, Neptune, Howell and Freehold. “This new grant funding will allow us to continue our expansion of CCBHC services in Western Monmouth County and Northern Ocean County. We thank Congressman Smith for his tireless and ongoing support of these vital behavioral health services in our communities.”
PICTURED: Lynn Regan and her son Daniel Regan of CFC Loud N Clear explain their treatment and recovery mission to Rep. Smith at their Relevance Behavioral Health site in Freehold Borough on Oct. 8.
The funding follows a $200,000 MHSAS grant awarded to CFC Loud N Clear Foundation in Howell in March.
Dan Regan, himself a recovering addict, is founder and program director of CFC Loud N Clear Foundation. Its grant will allow CFC to expand with two more pilot sites located in Monmouth and Ocean counties. One site will be in the Long Branch/Middletown area and the other in the Brick/Toms River area. It currently operates out of sites in Freehold, Jackson, Long Branch and Howell. The grant will help operate the sites through April 2023. Regan said COVID-19 and social isolation can combine for a potentially overwhelming negative impact on people with addiction, and the federal funding will help people get through tough times.
“We have two major epidemics going on at the same time,” Regan said. “As places close and social isolation begins, addiction also begins to thrive. Isolation is one of the major causes of relapse, while also being one of the prerequisites of addiction starting. Not only will we see more people come out of isolation in relapse we will also be seeing more people addicted that were not before. This COVID-19 epidemic is causing panic, fear, anxiety, trauma and demanding isolation. This is a recipe for a mental health and addiction explosion.”
Both grants announced by Smith today were awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). With these two grants, non-profit organizations in the Fourth District were awarded $4.9 million in the past 18 months to help combat substance abuse and opioid addiction.