News Release
  
   PO 360
   Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

   For Release:
   June 12, 2001

Christine Grant
Commissioner

For Further Information Contact:
Laura Otterbourg or Marilyn Riley
609-984-7160

 

DHSS Seeks Grant Applications for Substance Abuse Prevention


TRENTON - The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services has nearly $5 million in annual federal grant awards available for agencies providing services to prevent drug and alcohol addiction, Health and Senior Services Commissioner Christine Grant announced today. Grant applications must be received by August 15, 2001.

"Drug and alcohol addiction are devastating to individuals and their loved ones," Commissioner Grant said. "Addiction is also costly - both to treat and to the criminal justice system. Addiction prevention programs can help spare much human suffering and reduce this economic burden on society."

Applicants for the grant awards must be hospitals, free-standing clinics, county or other local government agencies, schools or universities, or incorporated nonprofit organizations. Of the total federal funding available, a total of $4.7 million is set aside for community-based services in each of the state's 21 counties, and another $275,000 is available to address prevention on a statewide basis.

"Each county, through its Office on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, has assessed its own needs and developed a plan to serve the populations most at risk for addiction," said Dr. George DiFerdinando, deputy commissioner for public health services. "This gives us a road map for the wise use of available funding."

Money for statewide prevention programs can be used for prevention issues that might not be identified in the county plans, such as the needs of the disabled and other special populations, he explained. The amount of prevention grant money available for community based services this year is up from the previous grant award cycle, when $4.2 million in federal funds were available.

To apply for the grants, obtain forms or for additional information, visit the department's web site, www.state.nj.us/health. Written inquiries can be sent to: Richard McDonald, Division of Addiction Services, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, P.O. Box 362, Trenton, NJ 08625.

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