Gov. Chris Christie still hopes to make tackling opioid addiction his signature accomplishment as he prepares to leave office on Jan. 16.
Christie announced grants in excess of $35 million Tuesday for qualified health care providers to care for patients with severe opioid use disorders, pregnant and postpartum mothers, and older adults with opioid dependencies.
The state’s Department of Health will commit an additional $8.6 million for performance-based incentives, and recently awarded $5 million in new contracts for expanding substance abuse treatment to Cooper Health System, $1.5 million; Eva’s Village, $1.1 million; Capital Health System, $989,086; The Center for Great Expectations, $786,524; and Robins Nest, $635,286.
“To ensure treatment is successful, it is essential that systems of care join seamlessly to treat the whole individual,” Christie said in a press release. “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.”
The programs will serve recovering addicts in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Ocean, Salem, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset, and Passaic counties.
The state also awarded five contracts of $55,000 each for alternative methods of pain management for older adults which were awarded to the Center for Prevention and Counseling in Newton; Children’s Aid and Family Services in Paramus; NCADD Hudson DBA Partners in Prevention in Secaucus; Prevention Resources in Flemington, and Rowan College at Burlington County.