TRENTON, NJ - – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Nancy Pinkin (D-Middlesex) and Raj Mukherji (D-Hudson) to provide a substance-free housing environment for New Jersey college students recovering from substance abuse was approved 72-0-1 Thursday by the Assembly. (Substance-free house already exists on the Piscatawy campuses of Rutgers Univeristy, as it does in several other NJ colleges.)
“College can be a precarious place for students recovering from alcohol or drug abuse,” said Pinkin. “This bill helps ensure that students who are in recovery will benefit from a supportive environment away from temptation and where they’ll have access to services tailored to their needs.”
“Staying clean can be a daily struggle. The freedom and social pressures faced by students in college can make the difficult situation of coping with substance abuse and addiction even more challenging,” said Mukherji. “This legislation will provide students the environment and supportive services needed for recovery and enable them to achieve academic success.”
The bill (A-3719) directs each four-year public institution of higher education, in which at least 25 percent of the undergraduate students live in on-campus housing, to establish a substance abuse recovery housing program. The purpose of the program would be to provide a supportive substance-free dormitory environment that recognizes the unique risks and challenges that recovering students face. The program would provide support programs to assist their efforts to remain substance-free, including on-site counseling, mentoring, peer support, and other appropriate services. Under the bill, an institution would have four years to develop the substance abuse recovery housing program.
The bill will now be referred to the Senate.
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Democrat Nancy J. Pinkin, of East Brunswick, was first elected to the New Jersey General Assembly on November 5, 2013.
Born August 4, Mrs. Pinkin earned her Associate of Applied Science from Middlesex County College; her bachelor's from Rutgers University; and her Master of Public Administration in public administration and health administration from New York University. She also completed a post-graduate fellowship in health policy and research at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
Mrs. Pinkin is the founder of Pinkin Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in health care consulting and association management. She also is the executive director of the Middlesex and Mercer county medical societies.
Prior to serving in the Assembly, Mrs. Pinkin served as a member of the East Brunswick Township Council from 2005 to 2014, and as council president from 2006 to 2008.
Mrs. Pinkin and her husband, Dr. James Salwitz, have two adult children and recently became grandparents.
Mrs. Pinkin represents the 18th Legislative District, which includes the Middlesex County municipalities of East Brunswick, Edison, Helmetta, Highland Park, Metuchen, South Plainfield and South River.
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