FLEMINGTON, NJ – In response to the COVID-19 virus, Hunterdon Drug Awareness Program has migrated to a 100 percent tele-health service delivery.

Based in Flemington, HDAP provides outpatient treatment services for those affected by substance abuse and mental health disorders. HDAP has been providing Intensive Outpatient treatment, Outpatient Treatment and individual counseling.

It is a non-profit, state-licensed treatment center, serving Hunterdon, Warren and Somerset counties.

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This is a very difficult time for those who suffer from substance abuse and mental health issues, so it was imperative for the safety of the clients, the staff and the community to provide services through tele-health with the least amount of service interruption as possible.

“We think it’s vitally importantly when so many are experiencing stress that we continue serving our clients,” said Sue Bell, of Lambertville, HDAP board president. “We want to help them from relapsing. Assisting those in distress has been the reason we’ve existed since 1977.”

Program participants were contacted and given the option of telephone or video treatment sessions.

Executive director Megan Johnson worked with her staff to quickly move to operate remotely. Johnson, who is a Clinton town council member, and the HDAP staff and board of directors did this so those afflicted with substance abuse and mental illness can continue getting help “in the healthiest manner possible during this global pandemic,” Bell said.

HDAP remains open to new patients, including providing assessments and treatment. Currently, HDAP’s trained tele-health licensed therapists are providing therapy sessions.

The agency provides treatment to a broad range of people, regardless of their ability to pay. It is in-network with most major insurance companies. If you, a friend or family member are seeking information or treatment including scheduling an intake interview, contact HDAP at 908-788-1900.