Health & Wellness

State Unveils $786K Grant to Local Opioid Recovery Center

95e87290769a021faa57_mini_magick20180104-10496-x56ig7.jpg
95e87290769a021faa57_mini_magick20180104-10496-x56ig7.jpg

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Solutions to the state’s opioid crisis have landed in the lap of The Center for Great Expectations, an outpatient drug rehab center which operates in New Brunswick and across Middlesex, Somerset and Hunterdon counties.

The center is being armed with a $786,524 grant to provide treatment services for opioid-dependent pregnant and postpartum women and older adults, NJ Gov. Chris Christie announced Tuesday afternoon.

With the NJ Department of Health’s grant, CGE will roll out a new program: Substance-use-disorder Trauma, Assessment, Referral and Treatment (START).

Sign Up for E-News

“We look at substance use as an adaptive behavior for past trauma,” said Carolyn Flynn, who’ll oversee the program. “Going through chronic, everyday traumas, a little bit different from post-traumatic stress disorder, which is a one-time traumatic event.”

The expectation is that CGE will work with at least 30 families during the six month lifespan of the DOH’s grant, Flynn said.

By the end of January, CGE will have vetted and hired the counselors who’ll be involved in the program. Each case gets three; an addiction-specialized clinical counselor, a licensed parent-infant mental health counselor and a case manager.

The group of three will work with the family and clients for anywhere from six to 18 months, Flynn said.

“When we get referrals, our job is going to be to do a complete assessment on that woman and her baby,” Flynn said. “So maybe that’s our outpatient program, our residential program, or another program in the community.”

CGE already offers residential and outpatient treatment, developmental daycare and supportive housing, which START counselors will counselors will help connect with clients depending on the level of need.\

Four other sites across the state received grants for the same purpose, Christie announced; $989,086 for the Capital Health System in Pennington, $1.1 million for Eva’s Village in Paterson, $635,286 for Robins Nest in Chester and $1.5 million for the Cooper Health System in Camden.

Department of Health officials intend for sites like CGE to act as a “one-stop” model of service coordination, according to Christie.

Each site would offer as many treatment services as possible, including long-term and short-term residential, halfway house, inpatient withdrawal management, ambulatory withdrawal management and intensive and standard outpatient services.

The women who participate will have access to a “support system of doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers,” as well as referrals to “obstetricians and nutritionists and services for housing, transportation, childcare and job preparation,” Christie said.

By the end of the six month period, new funding sources will have been made available to keep the START program going.

“It takes six months just to launch a program of this magnitude. There’s data collection requirements. It’s a very complex process” said Peg Wright, the center’s CEO.

“I have full confidence that Governor Phil Murphy will see the critical nature of these services and make additional funding.”

Editor Daniel J. Munoz, dmunoz@tapinto.nettwitter.com/DanielMunoz100

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

New Brunswick

The Jaffe Briefing - April 20, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

ON THE ROAD - It looks like a State Police trooper is going to have to head to the bars to pick up chicks, indicted yesterday for intentionally pulling over women in a desperate attempt to land dates. Internal affairs learned the Trooper was pulling over two lovely ladies at the end of 2016, threatening to arrest them if they didn't hand over their ...

The Jaffe Briefing - April 19, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

PLAINFIELD - Those who dabble in Union County politics are learning this morning that the former Democratic chairman, Jerry Green, has died at age 79 after a long illness. Green, a longtime assemblyman from Plainfield, rose through the ranks from serving on the freeholder board in the late 1980s.  He will be remembered as a Roselle native, a ...

The Jaffe Briefing - April 18, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

PATERSON - At campaign rallies, why not just cut to the chase? That's what's happening in the Silk City, where a local social media celebrity was handing out $20 bills to would-be voters at a rally on Sunday for mayoral contender Pedro Rodriguez. Our favorite entertainer of all time, Fatboy SSE, had a thick wad of cash, which he was passing out ...

The Jaffe Briefing - April 17, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

AT THE POLLING BOOTH - Guess what? New Jerseyans don't like the Trump tax plan. It's also not surprising that a potential voter revolt could flip all five of the state's Republican House seats, according to a new Monmouth University poll. NJ.com reports that the new federal tax bill disproportionately hurts taxpayers in New Jersey ...

The Jaffe Briefing - April 16, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

TRENTON - As Gov. Phil Murphy was in Cleveland to celebrate his buddy, Jon Bon Jovi, who entered the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday, the paperwork is piling up at the office. NJ.com is quick to note we are approaching the end of the first 100 days of the Murphy Administration and there are a gaggle of bills to sign or reject. Lots of ...

The Jaffe Briefing - April 13, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

STATEWIDE - One would think Gov. Phil Murphy, as our powerful chief executive, would be paid among the highest of all state employees after, of course, the Rutgers head football coach. But the Asbury Park Press has revealed a startling fact: there are more than 1,060 government employees who earn more than the governor. Murphy makes a ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, April 22, 11:00 AM

Joyce Kilmer Park, New Brunswick

Mercado Esperanza

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Carousel_image_f91ed86077ea29dfd56e_image

Sun, April 22

Plainsboro

Project Feeder Watch

Green Home & Garden

Sun, April 22, 2:00 PM

Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers, New Brunswick

NBCO@Zimmerli

Arts & Entertainment

Rutgers professor named Pulitzer Prize finalist

April 19, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - For Evie Shockley, poetry – and her professorship at Rutgers University–New Brunswick – are central to her engagement with a world that needs change and central to the ways she prepares students to do their own engagement.

This week, Shockley was selected as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in the poetry category. The Pulitzer ...

Rutgers Professor Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

NEW BRUNSWICK - Helen M. Berman, Board of Governors distinguished professor emerita of chemistry and chemical Biology at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Berman is among 213 people elected to the academy this year, including author Ta-Nehisi Coates, actor Tom Hanks, President Barack Obama, Supreme ...

Questions now swirl around reported Rutgers theft

NEW BRUNSWICK - A crime alert issued by Rutgers police about an armed robbery on Tuesday April 10 has turned out to be false. 

Upon further investigation, police said the alleged incident in front of the Campbell Hall dorm on George Street did not happen as was initially reported. Police had said initially that the suspect showed a handgun, ordered the ...

NB Public Schools task force takes on chronic absenteeism

April 19, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK – Being absent for just two days each month means a student will miss 10 percent of the entire school year – enough to negatively impact that student’s academic performance.

It’s sobering information, and a clear demonstration that chronically absent students are at a tremendous educational disadvantage, one from which many of them will never recover.

OPINION

Safe Sleep for Babies Requires Effort from All

April 10, 2018

For more than a decade, my organization, Keeping Babies Safe (KBS), has sounded the steady drumbeat of safe sleep awareness, which in turn has created bans on dangerous products and has helped enact laws that work to ensure babies are sleeping safely.

In 2018, KBS kicked off its latest awareness campaign designed to promote safe sleep practices and products ...

'Elementary, My Dear Watson!' Solving Mysteries with Genetic Geneaology

April 20, 2018

The next meeting of the New Brunswick Historical Society will be on Thursday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m. Andrew May will speak about Genetic Genealogy. Humans are 99.9% identical in their genetic makeup, yet, differences in 0.1% of our DNA has helped us answer questions about our recent and deep ancestral origins. Direct-to-consumer DNA testing provides the toolbox for solving difficult ...

Why People Should Visit Black Churches and Black People Should Welcome Them

March 29, 2018

Dear TAPInto New Brunswick,

In New Jersey, segregation is a cultural issue that demands the immediate attention of Christians. Nearly 87 percent of Christian churches in the U.S. are either made up of only white, or only African-American parishioners. When we worship in the comfortable bubble of segregation, we miss the opportunity for racial reconciliation, as mandated by Jesus:

"A ...