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Center for Great Expectations Celebrating 20th Anniversary

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SOMERSET, NJ - The Center for Great Expectations, a non-profit organization, is celebrating 20 years of providing substance use and mental health treatment for women and adolescents who are homeless, pregnant or parenting.

According to a release, the goals of the program are to guide women through their pregnancies, ensure proper care, increase the likelihood of a healthy baby and provide the tools they need to address the trauma that led to their substance abuse or mental health issue.

Services, the release said, include residential treatment facilities with an on-site Child Development Center, an outpatient program in New Brunswick and 28 permanent supportive housing units.

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The most recent addition to the program is a pilot program called S.T.A.R.T. (Substance-use Trauma, Assessment, Referral and Treatment). The program will provide in-home treatment to opioid addicted women who are pregnant or parenting in Somerset, Hunterdon and Middlesex counties.

According to the release, a certified counselor will meet with the women in their homes three times a week for six to 18 months, providing substance use treatment, case management and parent-child mental health.

"What we learned is a continuum of care, including the residential program, permanent supportive housing and outpatient treatment is critical to providing the care that is needed," Peg Wright, founder and CEO, said in the release. "There is a lot to be optimistic about, but there are still no quick easy answers."

In celebration of the 20th anniversary, the release said, the Center for Great Expectations will be having several events, including the Gift of Hope Gala Oct. 5 at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick and the Ken Daneyko Golf Classic July 12 at Suburban County Club.

In addition, the release said, the public is invited to learn more about the mission at one-hour open houses April 10, June 12 and Oct. 9.

"We want the community to have an opportunity to tour our residential campus, learn about our progressive trauma-informed treatment and see the smiles of the children and their mothers," Wright said.

For more information, contact Caroline Campbell at ccampbell@cge-NJ.org or 732-247-7003, ext. 333.

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