MEDIA CONTACT:  Julie Willmot
(609) 278-7137

TRENTON -- The Mercer County Office on Addiction Services needs your help in planning for addiction services. Every four years, each of the 21 counties in New Jersey prepares a County Comprehensive Plan (CCP) for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Services required by state legislation and the establishment of the Alcoholism, Education, Rehabilitation and Enforcement Fund (AEREF), (P.L.1983, c.531, amended by chapter 51 of P.L.1989).

The CCP documents the county’s current trends in substance abuse, and plans for the organization of substance abuse services across the county’s continuum of prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery support services. During the process of preparing the CCP, Mercer County will collect data from the NJ State Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), conduct focus groups with community members and gather data from an electronic survey.

This process helps the Mercer County Department of Human Services, Office on Addiction Services, plan for services for Mercer County residents, including prevention services, early intervention, treatment and recovery support services. The electronic survey is available now until Monday, March 3, 2014, and all Mercer County residents are encouraged to take 10-15 minutes to fill it out. The Office on Addiction Services needs the public’s help in planning for these services.

The survey can be found on the County’s homepage:  www.mercercounty.org or at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1vm-xBOo1Ofydr0ZkaLyd9gQgG7tcOcbHOx9Ugn-Fc1Y/viewform.

For more information on the survey or this process, please call the Office on Addiction Services. Addiction services are offered to individuals who have no insurance or are underinsured and meet the financial criteria of income requirements. The Office on Addiction Services can be reached at 609-989-6897.