ORANGE, NJ- The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT), in collaboration with the Essex County Prosecutors Office and the Essex County Division of Community Health Services, will be hosting the Essex County Community and Interfaith Symposium on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 from 8:30 am until 12:30 pm at the Essex County Hospital Center, 204 Grove Avenue, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009. The event is sponsored by AmeriHealth, New Jersey. 

The Community and Interfaith Symposium is a conference available to ALL faith-based leaders throughout Essex County, New Jersey. It will provide presentations discussing substance abuse prevention and treatment-related topics and resources available for faith-based leaders and members of their congregation, community, etc. The goal of the symposium is to create a network of faith-based leaders and provide them with resources and information to support their congregation and anyone dealing with substance abuse and health-related situations.

“Many individuals turn to a leader within their faith-based community in times of need or to find support. ADAPT, the Essex County Prosecutors Office, and the Essex County Division of Community Health Services believe that faith-based leaders will leave the symposium with tangible resources that can provide immediate support to their congregation,” stated Joel Torres, ADAPT’s Senior Coordinator. “Faith-based leaders are an integral piece to the increase accessibility to substance abuse prevention and treatment throughout Essex County. They bring a unique perspective that will help increase the health and wellness of community members throughout the county.”

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We ask that all faith-based leaders RSVP to this important event by Monday, November 9, 2015 by contacting Victoria Joseph at 862-438-1862 or vjoseph@familyconnectionsnj.org. For more details on ADAPT and other substance abuse prevention efforts, contact Joel Torres at 973-323-3907 or jtorres@familyconnectionsnj.org.

 

ABOUT ADAPT

ADAPT is a diverse coalition of more than 100 volunteers, including parents, youth, educators, prevention professionals, law enforcement officials, etc., from all over Essex County. Through community-level interventions, ADAPT strives to decrease underage drinking and prescription drug abuse/misuse by all residents throughout Essex County while also empowering all residents to choose healthier lifestyles.

ADAPT is funded by the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (NJ DMHAS) and the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). It is managed by FAMILYConnections, a non-profit community-based agency with more than 35 specialized programs for all ages from infants to seniors – including counseling, skills-building, training, and prevention services to improve quality of life by reducing child abuse, drug abuse, gang involvement and crime; by increasing social & coping skills, school success and employability; by healing emotional pain and helping individuals and families become strong and independent.