A southern New Jersey organization is one of nine recipients of a nationwide grant program focused on ending the opioid crisis in the U.S.
On March 22, the Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts announced awards totaling $10.9 million over three years to fund prevention programs for children and families. Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties’ Strengthening Families Against Opioid Use program will receive $375,000 of the funds.
JFS, based in Margate, said recovery or drug courts have traditionally focused on helping adults address their substance use while resolving criminal charges. This project will expand the focus to provide services to children of affected parents through a partnership with New Jersey’s Atlantic County Recovery Court.
JFS specializes in counseling, mental health services, homeless programs, vocational services, adult and older adult services and also hosts an on-site food pantry, according to its website.
“A key step in addressing the opioid crisis is to develop and implement programs to break the cycle of intergenerational addiction,” FORE President Dr. Karen Scott said in a statement. “These new prevention initiatives have great potential to help mitigate adverse childhood experiences that lead to emotional pain and trauma putting children at higher risk for opioid use disorders. They will also bring much needed interventions to diverse communities.”
Since 2018, FORE has awarded 64 grants totaling $28.8 million to projects focused on solutions to the opioid crisis.