The Center for Prevention and Counseling in Newton has been granted a $524,670 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the office of U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer announced Friday.
According to Gottheimer, D-5th District, the grant will support the nonprofit’s addiction and substance abuse services, allowing it to provide for 485 new patients over the next three years; offer outpatient treatment; and expand its telemedicine program.
“This grant allows us to more effectively use the tools we have … to save lives and give individuals and families in New Jersey struggling with addiction the best chance of recovery,” the center’s Executive Director Becky Carlson said in a release.
The center will also increase its staff by hiring two additional counselors and recovery coaches, plus a full-time medical consultant.
“No community is immune to the opioid crisis ravaging America's families. New Jersey — and particularly Sussex County — are no exception,” said Gottheimer in a release.
As of Sept. 17, 2,058 people have died from drug overdoses in New Jersey, more than in all of 2017, the release said.