Glassboro-based Acenda Integrated Health announced it was awarded funding on behalf of the State of New Jersey to establish a regional partnership initiative in Atlantic, Cape May and Ocean counties to ensure the safety and stability of children whose parents or caregivers have substance use disorders.
In addition to key community partners, Acenda said it would partner with the state-level departments responsible for overseeing child welfare and mental health and addiction services in New Jersey – Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Department of Human Services (DHS).
“Acenda is committed to being an industry leader in providing integrated care within our communities. This grant will help us to partner with the State to ensure our families have all of the resources they need,” said Dr. Anthony DiFabio, Acenda president and chief executive officer.
The primary goal of the collaborative will be to proactively identify children who may be at risk due to a parent or caregiver’s substance use and to ensure their safety while focusing on the strength of the family unit during treatment. The Regional Partnership Grant (RPG) team will receive referrals from local child welfare offices within the focus counties as well as Family/Drug Courts. Through the RPG, Acenda expects to serve 775 individuals per year for four years, across all three counties.
“We are very proud to be awarded this funding on behalf of our state. These dollars will allow us to work in partnership with other committed stakeholders to strengthen the alignment between child safety and stability, and the realities of their parent or caregiver’s recovery journey,” said Melissa Fox, chief operating officer of Acenda. “New Jersey has a well-established and robust child protection and permanency system, so the RPG initiative will work within the existing framework to strengthen family outcomes by providing referrals, in-home case management and peer support to help ensure success.”
Acenda currently provides over 100 innovative programs and services to communities across ten counties in New Jersey.