Paterson, NJ)– On October 8th, 2019, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders passed a resolution authorizing the Passaic County Department of Human Services to award funding from the State of New Jersey, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, for a Stigma Free Grant, to the Wayne Alliance for the Prevention of Substance Abuse, and two others. The grant amount is $1,000.00 per award recipient.

The award was granted to:

  • Wayne Alliance for the Prevention of Substance Abuse
  • Clifton Against Substance Abuse
  • Growing in Grace Counseling Group (Paterson)

In a previously passed resolution, weeks prior, the Borough of Woodland Park was also awarded this grant.

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“The Stigma Free Grant re-affirms Passaic County’s commitment in supporting programs and services that are increasing awareness about mental health throughout communities and creating a stigma free environment,” stated Freeholder Pasquale “Pat” Lepore. “The grant is one of many ways the County is continuing to contribute to the mental health movement. We’re equipping our local social service agencies with funding to educate the public about the misconceptions of mental health conditions and create supportive settings, so that people who are experiencing mental health challenges can be encouraged to come forward and seek the support and services they need.”

The Passaic County Department of Human Services is an umbrella social service agency that aims to plan and fund services for the County’s disadvantaged and disabled citizens. Its subsection, the Passaic County Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, administers programs throughout the County to address the problems of drug and alcohol abuse, in addition to organizing programs catered toward mental health outreach and prevention. 

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