1 Jersey 2010 Updated Statewide Master Plan... MUICIPAL ALLIANCES STATE GOVERNMENT OBJECTIVES AND STRATEGIES TREATMENT MISSION CORE BELIEFS VISION PURPOSE PREVENTION for Alcoholism, Tobacco & Other Drug Abuse
2 February 15, 2011 Dear Reader: The Planning Committee of the Governor s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse is pleased to present the Comprehensive Statewide Master Plan for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse in Jersey. This Master Plan, mandated by N.J.S.A. 26:2BB-4.b,d., is a comprehensive plan that outlines Jersey s efforts to reduce the incidence and effect of alcoholism and drug abuse in our communities. The designees of 12 state departments or agencies and the appointed public members of the Council, the staff of the Council, as well as the many volunteers who participate with the various committees and subcommittees of the Council are commended for their work in developing the plan. Alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse remain one of Jersey s most serious challenges and a disease of vast proportions. This Master Plan, along with the ongoing planning process established within the Council s organization, serves to identify priorities for addressing challenges while coordinating efforts and targeting existing resources for the fullest benefit. The Master Plan includes detailed information regarding the Municipal Alliance ram, the statewide network of community coalitions whose primary mission is to provide community based education and public awareness. The Governor s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse is proud of the dedication and untiring determination exhibited daily throughout the state by more than 7,000 Municipal Alliance volunteers and coordinators who work to lessen the impact of alcoholism and drug abuse in our communities. The challenges we face regarding alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse can only be met by the collective and combined actions of our public and private sectors. The Governor s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse remains committed to coordinating, collaborating and facilitating efforts that bring all stakeholders together to reduce the adverse effects of alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse in Jersey. We thank you on behalf of the Governor s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse for your interest in the Comprehensive Statewide Master Plan and ask for your continued support of our efforts. Sincerely, Mary Lou Powner Executive Director
3 Governor s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Mary Lou Powner Executive Director (609) Kevin Sullivan Planner (609) Alliance Unit Nicholas Petrozzino Evon Judkins Planner State Alliance Coordinator 609) (609) Susan Massaro Rebecca Alfaro Administrative Assistant II State Alliance Coordinator (609) (609) John Varone George Myers Public Relations Officer State Alliance Coordinator (609) (609) Fiscal Unit Marge Beattie Katelyn Assenheimer Grant Administrator Sr. Clerk Typist (609) (609)
4 GOVERNOR S COUNCIL ON ALCOHOLISM AND DRUG ABUSE Gubernatorial Appointments Membership as of September 2009 Gregg Benson Kay McGrath Harry Morey, Jr. Vacancy Vacancy Vacancy Vacancy Vacancy Vacancy Senate President Appointments Neil Van Ess, 1 st Vice-Chair Robert Zlotnick Assembly Speaker Appointments Betty Ann Cowling Carson Regan McGrory Morris Mercer Ocean Passaic Atlantic Camden Monmouth Ex-Officio State Departments Administrative Office of the Courts Administrative Director Glen A. Grant Designee, Gayle Maher/John Pizarro Children and Families Commissioner Allison Blake Designee, Tyrone Richardson/ David Sims Community Affairs Commissioner Lori Grifa Designee, Eileen Brennen Corrections Commissioner Gary M. Lanigan Designee, Myrtle Daniels Education Commissioner Rochelle Hendricks Designee, Gary Vermeire Health and Senior Services Commissioner Poonam Alaigh
5 Designee, Laura Hernandez Paine Human Services Commissioner Jennifer Velez Designee, Raquel Mazon-Jeffers Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Harold J. Wirths Designee, Christine Purcell Law and Public Safety Attorney General Paula T. Dow Designee, Lisa Ellison Barata Military and Veteran s Affairs Adjutant General Glenn K. Reith Designee, Dorinda Sapp NJ Higher Education Presidents Council Dr. Richard L. McCormick Treasury State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Erstoff Designee, Willa Lloyd
6 COMMITTEES AND SUBCOMMITTEES OF THE GOVERNOR S COUNCIL ON ALCOHOLISM AND DRUG ABUSE Executive Committee Neil Van Ess, Acting Chairman Mary Lou Powner, Executive Director, Ex-Officio Harry Morey, Alliance Committee Chairman Planning Committee Betty Ann Cowling-Carson, Chairman Gary Vermeire, Chair, Interdepartmental Advisory Panel Myrtle Daniels, Chair, Criminal Juvenile Justice Subcommittee Kay McGrath, Chair, Legislative Subcommittee Gregg Benson, Chair, Treatment Subcommittee Harry Morey, Chair, Alliance Prevention Committee Neil Van Ess, Chair, Veterans and Families Committee Interdepartmental Advisory Panel Gary Vermeire, Chair, Department of Education Gayle Maher, Administrative Office of the Courts Eileen Brennen, Department of Community Affairs Myrtle Daniels, Department of Corrections Laura Hernandez Paine, Department of Health and Senior Services Raquel Mazon Jeffers, Department of Human Services Christine Purcell, Department of Labor and Workforce Development Lisa Ellison Barata, Department of Law & Public Safety Dorinda Sapp, Department of Military and Veteran s Affairs Willa Lloyd, Department of Treasury Dr. Richard McCormick, NJ President s Council (Higher Education) Veterans and Military Families Neil Van Ess, Chairman Ray Zawacki, NJ Department of Military & Veterans Affairs Harry Morey, GCADA, Public Member Doug Breen, Middlesex County Veterans Service Officer Dennis E. Donovan, Division of Addiction Services, DHS Angela Conover, Partnership for a Drug Free Jersey
7 George Gumpper, Ventnor Vets Center Paul Kozak, Vet Works Danielle Lanik, Public Member Diane Litterer, NJPN Bruce Hummer, NJPN Mst. Sgt. Karin Dates, Jersey National Guard Alliance Prevention Committee Harry Morey, Chairman Lynn Belvedere, SAC, Millburn Township Public Schools Liz Knodel-Gordon, SAC, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Janis Mayer-Obermeier, Department of Health and Senior Services Angela Conover, Partnership for a Drug Free Jersey Neil Van Ess, GCADA Public Member Brenda Banks, Salem County Alliance Coordinator Margery Wood, Department of Education Dr. Allen-Walker, Jersey Lynne Belvedere Rob Lightfoot, Jersey Prevention Network Sue Nobleman, Willow Tree Beth Jacobson, Morris County Camille Mussari Donald Weinbaum, Elliot White, Middlesex County Fran Micelli Judy Forman, Bergen County Monica Barria, Mercer County Criminal Juvenile Justice Subcommittee Myrtle Daniels, Chair, Department of Corrections Wayne Cozart, Youth Services Commission Lisa A. Gulla, Substance Abuse Resource Center Carl Jackson, NJ Juvenile Justice Commission Darryll Johnson, Readjustment Counseling Service Carl Williams, St. Michael s Medical Center Betty Ann Cowling-Carson, (Alt), Camden County Alliance Coordinator Joanne Schuh, Ocean County Alliance Coordinator Laura Hernandez Paine, Department of Health and Senior Services Patricia McKernan, Volunteers of America Patricia Morris, Rutgers Willa Lloyd, Department of Treasury
8 Legislative Subcommittee Kay McGrath, Chair, GCADA Public Member Betty Ann Cowling-Carson, Camden County Alliance Coordinator Beverly Gibson, Life Ties Helen McIntosh, Clinical Director of Anderson House Candice Singer, NCADD-NJ Regan McGrory, GCADA Public Member Beverly Keating-Monsen, Friends of Recovery John Gaspich, SAC, Toms River Schools Dr. Randie Fielder, ASAPNJ Donald Hallcom, Division of Addiction Services Jim O Brien, CEO of Merryville Mary Beth Monroe, Gloucester County Alliance Coordinator Marcia Fleres Mindy Lazar, MADD Jersey Janis Mayer Obermeier, Division of Health and Senior Services Elizabeth Santeramo, Municipal Alliance Coordinator Elliott White, County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors Association Robert Widitz, Atlantic County Alliance Coordinator Joe Williams, NJPN James Wojtowicz, Director of Office of Drug rams, Dept of Corrections Robert Zlotnick, GCADA Public Member Treatment Subcommittee Gregg Benson, Chair, GCADA Public Member Camille Bloomberg, Mercer County Alliance Coordinator Richard Bowe, Addiction Professionals Certification Board Barbara Schlicting, Somerset Treatment Services Candice Singer, NCADD, Jersey Jim O Brien, Merryville Sue Seidenfeld, Cope Center Tom Garofola, Malvern Institute Vicki Fresolone Willa Lloyd, Treasury Bernice Taylor-Jones, Brian Gamarello, Daytop NJ Carol-Anne Avello Langford, Bergen County Dave Roden John Christadore, Essex County Maggie Vaughn, Salem County Malachi Walton Monica Barria, Mercer County
9 Sara Kossove, Bergen County Vicky Major, NJJJC
10 INTRODUCTION TO THE MASTER PLAN Background The Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse was established by the Jersey Legislature in 1989 as an independent body to coordinate, plan, research and review all aspects of alcoholism and drug abuse, as well as maintain a statewide prevention network of Municipal Alliances. The Council is comprised of 26 members: Ten public members are appointed by the Governor, the Senate President and Assembly Speaker each appoint two public members, and 12 ex-officio members represent state departments and agencies. The Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse adopted its Mission Statement, Vision and Goals following a collaborative process involving a varied and diverse group of stakeholders with interest in substance abuse prevention, education, intervention, treatment and recovery. These guiding principles have formed the foundation for the ongoing development and implementation of a comprehensive and meaningful planning process to address alcoholism and drug abuse in Jersey. The Interdepartmental Advisory Panel, which coordinates the Council's state department representation, developed the format used in the State Government Component of the Master Plan. Their efforts made the collection of this comprehensive information possible. Purpose of the Master Plan The Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse was established by Chapter 51 of the Laws of The legislation set forth two primary objectives for the Council; the establishment and maintenance of a statewide network of community coalitions, the Municipal Alliance ram, and the development of a Comprehensive Statewide Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Master Plan. The law states that the Council shall "adopt and submit to the Governor and the Legislature a Comprehensive Statewide Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Master Plan incorporating and unifying all State, county, local and private alcohol and drug abuse initiatives." Public Law 1989, Chapter 51 also states, "The Council shall take into consideration all matters affecting alcoholism, intoxication, alcohol abuse, drug addiction and drug abuse and shall formulate comprehensive policies for the prevention and control of alcoholism and drug abuse in order to unify in a comprehensive program all efforts." The legislation also mandates that the "Council shall review and make recommendations with regard to the revision of existing statutes relating to alcoholism and drug program and policies." This Master Plan is the continued evolution of an effort that began several years ago when the Council developed a strategic planning process. The current approach by the Council is a Master Plan that not only looks at the current status of alcoholism, intoxication, alcohol abuse, drug addiction and drug abuse efforts in Jersey, but sets forth objectives and strategies for the future.
11 The 2010 Master Plan came from the vigorous efforts of the Council's Planning Committee, the Alliance Prevention Committee, and the Criminal/Juvenile Justice, Legislative, Treatment and Veteran s and Military Family Subcommittees. It has been reviewed and adopted by the members of the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.
12 2011 Alliance Committee Objectives Objective #1: To increase the Alliance Committee s effectiveness in order to better influence the planning and coordination of the state s efforts to prevent alcoholism, drug addiction, and abuse of tobacco and other substances. Additionally, promote programs for youth and young adults that foster resiliency. Strategy for Achieving Objective with Time Frames: Increase capacity building efforts by incorporating representatives and presentations from various prevention affiliates and program facilitators. (ongoing) Recommend a prevention presentation topic by January 2011 which covers the purview of this objective for the Municipal Alliances through a workshop at the GCADA Summit. Continue working with associations and organizations that have a focus on primary prevention services for youth and young adults in order to examine ways to integrate and collaborate to foster resiliency in their constituencies. (ongoing) Objective #2: Educate legislators about the benefits of evidence based prevention programs that addresses alcohol, tobacco and other drug addictions and abuse affecting the residents of Jersey. Strategy for Achieving Objective with Time Frames: Work collaboratively with GCADA s various committees to educate legislators concerning the importance of promoting the benefits of alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention. (ongoing) Develop presentations to educate and inform GCADA members about prevention and evidence based practices. (ongoing) Incorporate ad hoc committee functions to enhance GCADA s efforts. (ongoing) Objective #3: Research and investigate programs on emerging trends and areas of need that foster resiliency to prevent the abuse of, but not limited to, alcohol, tobacco, prescription medications, other drugs, and problem gambling.
13 Strategy for Achieving Objective with Time Frames: Identify and work with organizations focused on the identified trends to encourage the development of programs to foster resiliency in their constituencies. (ongoing) Develop a mechanism for communicating a list of prevention programs for the GCADA website that follow evidence based practices and incorporate environmental change strategies and submit to the Planning Committee for action by July Notify and educate Municipal Alliance members on state and local initiatives in areas such as, but not limited to, underage drinking, prescription drug abuse, tobacco prevention, and underage gambling. Recommend a prevention presentation topic by January 2011 on the identified trends for the Municipal Alliances through a workshop at the GCADA Summit. Evaluation: Maintain 60% attendance of membership at each meeting throughout the year. Publish the resource list on prevention programs that follow evidence-based practices and incorporate environmental change strategies on the GCADA website by December Continue monthly report to GCADA. Provide three (3) guest speakers to the Alliance Committee on identified trends.
14 Objective #1: 2011 Criminal Justice/Juvenile Justice Subcommittee Objectives Reorganize subcommittee so that it is viable and fully functioning. Strategies: GCADA Planning Committee Chair will appoint a permanent subcommittee chair. Solicit GCADA member agencies, counties and other groups for interested persons in membership on the subcommittee. Establish a 2011 meeting schedule. Objective #2: Explore opportunities to coordinate and collaborate with other state agencies around criminal justice, drug court, juvenile justice, prevention and re-entry initiatives, and local planning efforts. Strategies: Arrange for speakers and presentations for both the subcommittee and the GCADA on criminal and juvenile justice issues. Organize community based forums with collaborating partners on criminal and juvenile justice issues. Objective #3: To increase the knowledge of criminal and juvenile justice officials, treatment providers, legislators, social service and mental health professionals on the impact of substance abuse on the criminal and juvenile offender population. Strategy: Through invitation allow various state and community agencies, and other organizations with an interest to attend the criminal justice/juvenile justice subcommittee meetings to present an overview of their respective duties and responsibilities relative to alcohol and drug addiction prevention and treatment.
15 Objective #4: Work with GCADA s subcommittee on veterans and military families on raising awareness in the criminal justice and juvenile justice field of the unique challenges and impacts of substance abuse faced by veterans and their families. Educate policy makers on the services available to veterans and military families. Strategy: Assist in identifying appropriate agencies and officials in the criminal justice and juvenile justice field to receive veteran s service directory compiled by GCADA s ad hoc committee on veterans and military families.
16 2011 Legislative Subcommittee Objectives Objective #1: Increase GCADA's awareness and knowledge about legislative activity related to alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse, to assist the Council in making an informed decision whether to support, oppose or take no action on a bill and/or recommend legislation. Strategies: Identify and track legislation related to alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse issues. Review and research related legislation, formulate policy recommendations, draft resolutions of support or opposition, and present recommendations to the Council for adoption. Establish appropriate measures to initiate and draft recommended legislation. Continue distribution of related public policy information to Council members. Sponsor presentations at Council meetings in 2011 on public policy issues. Objective #2: Notify stakeholders as may be appropriate of positions adopted by the full Council on proposed legislation related to alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse. Strategies: Ensure the timely distribution of the Council s actions on policy and legislative positions to the administration, legislature, Alliance coordinators, substance abuse professionals and other stakeholders. Monitor, recommend and take further actions to educate stakeholders regarding the Council s position on legislation (i.e. press releases, legislative testimony, communication with legislative committee chairs and staff, etc.) Ensure the Council s official position on legislation is included in certain GCADA publications, presentations, and webpage.
17 Objective #3: Educate legislators and other public policy decision makers about alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse issues Strategies: Sponsor an event, such as the Day of Advocacy, at the State House in coordination with other subcommittees of GCADA, other state agencies and constituent groups. Continue to send GCADA publications to legislators and public policy decision makers. Encourage advocacy teams and ongoing advocacy efforts. Make a special effort to bring new legislators up to date on GCADA s mission.
18 2011 Treatment Subcommittee Objectives Objective #1: Educate GCADA members about the barriers to accessing treatment services, emphasizing the extensive waiting lists for those individuals seeking treatment. Strategy: Make presentations at Governor s Council meetings with an emphasis on types of treatment, need for additional treatment resources, and gaps in the continuum of care. Objective #2: Educate public policy makers and other stakeholders about addiction, treatment, prevention, and recovery services in Jersey to include information on the continuum of care, identifying gaps between systems and covering all developmental stages and special populations e.g. older adult etc. populations. Strategy: Collaborate with the GCADA legislative subcommittee on assisting counties in the planning and conducting of events to educate legislators (e.g. legislative breakfast) about issues regarding the AEREF fund, workforce development, and access and barriers to individuals seeking treatment. Assist in the distribution of the service directory developed by the Council s ad-hoc committee on veterans and military families to the treatment community. Objective #3: Increase the knowledge base of treatment and prevention professionals on the issue of substance abuse and provide networking opportunities to promote professional development.
19 Strategy: Support and/or organize workshops and trainings at the GCADA annual summit, and other local or regional presentations for treatment professionals in an effort to improve the linkage between treatment and prevention community. Conduct a survey to assess the success of these trainings. Objective #4: Improve collaboration between the Alliances and treatment providers in each county Strategy: Schedule meetings with representatives from the Alliances and treatment providers to enhance awareness of substance abuse issues and increase opportunities for collaboration.
20 2011 Veteran s and Military Family Subcommittee Objectives Objective #1: Increase GCADA's awareness and knowledge about military and veteran activity in Jersey especially as it relates to alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse. Strategies: Identify and track activity at the local, county, state and federal levels including veteran service organizations. Review and research related legislation as it relates to military and veteran issues, draft resolutions of support or opposition, and present recommendations to the Council for adoption when necessary. Sponsor presentations at Council meetings in 2011 on military and veteran issues and initiatives. Objective #2: Maintain and update as needed hardcopy and website of the Military And Veterans Resource Guide. Strategies: Annually review contents of the resource guide and contact all agencies, hotlines, websites for accuracy. Continue and monitor distribution of the resource guide and replenish stock as needed. Objective #3: Maintain partnerships with military and veteran groups Strategies: Attend military and veteran sponsored events, such as job fairs, Operation college Promise conferences etc. Encourage advocacy teams and ongoing advocacy efforts. Continue to represent the Veteran Enhancement Team Coalition (VETC) with legislator, interest groups etc.
21 Make a special effort to bring diverse representation to VETC core leadership group.
22 ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE OF THE COURTS Judiciary Mission Statement: The Judiciary is an independent branch of government constitutionally entrusted with the fair and just resolution of disputes in order to preserve the rule of law and to protect the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States and this State. Drug Court Mission Statement: The purpose of drug courts is to stop the abuse of alcohol and other drugs and related criminal activity. Drug courts are a highly specialized team process within the existing Superior Court structure that addresses nonviolent drug-related cases. They are unique in the criminal justice environment because they build a close collaborative relationship between criminal justice and drug treatment professionals. ADULT CRIMINAL DRUG COURT Criminal Practice Division The Adult Drug Court is operational in all of Jersey s 21 counties. The Judiciary and the Division of Addiction Services entered into a Cooperative Agreement to manage the treatment component of the program s funding. The adult drug courts are an alternative to incarceration for a vast majority of participants who otherwise would have been sentenced to a term in state prison. The program targets the criminal offender who has an addiction, and who has been charged with a non-violent, drug-driven offense. Following application, the Prosecutor s Office in the county of the offense makes a determination as to defendant s program eligibility under statutory requirements. The offender also completes a comprehensive assessment with a TASC (Treatment Assessment Services for the Courts) Evaluator employed by the courts to determine if treatment for chemical dependency is indicated. Once an offender is accepted into the program, a referral for treatment at the appropriate level of care is made in collaboration with the treatment providers designated by the Division of Addiction Services for drug court, including long term residential, short term residential, halfway houses and intensive outpatient. Drug court programs are rigorous, requiring intensive monitoring of the program participants by the courts Probation Services Division. Requirements include frequent drug testing and court appearances, along with tightly structured regimens of treatment and recovery services. This level of very close supervision permits the program to support the recovery process, but also allows the drug court program staff to react swiftly to impose appropriate therapeutic sanctions or to reinstate criminal proceedings when participants do not comply with program provisions. Legislation that became effective August 1, 2008 permitted the drug courts to expand total new admissions by a third. Between July 2009 and June 2010, 1,367 offenders
23 were sentenced to drug court. As of June 30, 2010, there were approximately 3,928 active drug court participants. More than half of the program participants are male. Over 1,900 offenders have graduated from the drug court program to date. Funding Amount: $ 13.2 Million for Judiciary Staff/Operating Expenses (FY 2010) Funding Source: JUVENILE DRUG COURT $ 24.4 Million for Drug Court Treatment (FY 2010) State of NJ, Special Purpose Funding Family Practice Division Currently, Jersey has three Juvenile Drug Courts in the Camden, Hudson, and Passaic Vicinages. Juvenile Drug Courts focus on juvenile offenders who have drugdependency problems. The juvenile drug courts serve as a diversion from the formal court process for some cases and also as an alternative to incarceration in state juvenile correctional facilities. They provide an intermediate sanction between probation and state correctional facilities as well as better treatment outcomes for juveniles with alcohol and drug-related problems. Juvenile drug courts allow intensive supervision for at-risk adolescents who are receiving community and court services. The purposes of the Juvenile Drug Courts is to reduce recidivism, which creates a safer community; to allow juveniles to be alcohol and/or drug free, which will enable them to go back into, or continue, attending school or to become employed; to alleviate detention overcrowding; to implement effective case processing measures; to provide services for family members; and to heighten community awareness of substance abuse. The three Juvenile Drug Courts have enrolled a cumulative total of approximately 850 juvenile offenders. Over 260 have graduated from the programs and there are currently approximately 59 active participants. Funding Source: Other FAMILY DEPENDENCY DRUG TREATMENT COURT Jersey also has three pilot Family Drug Courts in Essex, Morris, and Sussex Counties. The purposes of the Family Drug Courts are to help parents become abstinent from alcohol and drugs, to maximize and balance child safety and permanency while preserving family integrity and functioning, and to increase retention of parents in major services mandated and provided by the Family Drug Court. The Family Drug Court results in much closer monitoring for parents involved in child abuse and neglect cases. The program is expected to result in a higher percentage of reunifications of affected families, and increase the chance for parents to remain drug-free and to ultimately provide a better life for their children.
24 The Family Drug Courts have enrolled a cumulative total of approximately 138 clients. There are currently 43 enrolled in the programs and there have been 56 program graduates. Funding source: Other Criminal, Family and Probation Divisions TREATMENT ASSESSMENT SERVICES FOR THE COURT Working in all 21 Jersey counties, the Criminal Division's Treatment Assessment Services for the Courts (TASC) professional evaluators interview defendants, subject them to substance abuse screening to identify current drug use, and prepare drug assessments or reports for criminal and drug court judges, detailing drug abuse histories, identifying treatment needs and recommending counseling at appropriate drug and alcohol treatment centers when support is needed to overcome addiction. Substance abuse evaluators interview defendants charged with drug and property offenses to determine the extent of their involvement with addictive drugs. This program also serves as a resource for judges when determining appropriate community support systems for defendants who are being released from jail. Failure to complete treatment may result in sanctions, including bail or probation revocation with a loss of liberty. The Family Division's TASC professional evaluators are located in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, and Sussex Counties. The evaluators interview juvenile offenders and adult litigants to identify current drug use, and prepare drug assessments or reports for Family judges, detailing drug abuse histories, identifying treatment needs and recommending counseling at local drug and alcohol treatment centers when indicated. This program is very helpful to judges in determining appropriate case dispositions. TASC Evaluators in the Probation Division provide substance abuse assessment services to probationers in Mercer and Essex counties. Between July 2009 and June 2010, approximately 5,800 court-involved individuals were evaluated for alcohol/drug treatment services. Funding Source: State of NJ
25 Intervention DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES DIVISION OF YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES CHILD PROTECTION SUBSTANCE ABUSE INITIATIVE Known as CPSAI, this program serves families involved with the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) by providing substance abuse assessment, drug screening, treatment referrals, case management, and support services to parents or caregivers referred for substance abuse or suspected substance abuse. The population served presents an array of challenges including poverty, homelessness, mental illness and past trauma, in addition to substance abuse. Services are available through three statewide contract provider agencies. The initiative allows substance abuse specialists to be assigned to each local DYFS office in the state to provide on-site services to families, and consultation and education to staff on matters related to substance abuse. The Department of Human Services Division of Family Development (DFD) and DYFS are collaborating to promote and coordinate substance abuse services for families who exceed the 250% Federal Poverty threshold and are not an active welfare case. The funding commitments are set forth in a Memorandum of Understanding between the two Divisions. Service Information: Data from the period from July 1, June 30, 2010 indicates that 15,527 clients were referred to the initiative by DYFS staff. Of these clients, 11,766 were assessed, 6,385 met the DSM IV criteria and 2,771 clients entered various levels of treatment. The instruments used to screen clients include the ASI-F, ASAM Patient Placement Criteria. The DYFS referral form that includes background information on parents and caregivers from the DYFS safety and risk assessment interview is also used. Funding The program has multiple funding sources through State and Federal appropriations. Funding Amounts and Sources: NCCAN - $525,000 (Federal) Grants & Aid - $72,881 (State) Special Appropriation + $2,325,587 Million, (State) DFD - $6 Million (State) Total Funding: $8.9 Million Treatment CHILD WELFARE REFORM PLAN/ADOLESCENT TREATMENT This Child Welfare Reform Plan Initiative provides a coordinated network of specialized substance abuse treatment services in licensed facilities targeted to adolescents with first priority to those under the supervision of the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS). Services include long-term residential treatment that provides a structured recovery environment, combined with professional clinical services designed to address
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