The Ocean County Opioid Advisory Council convened a public forum on Tuesday, March 7 at the Southern Service Center in Manahawkin, where officials heard from members of grassroots nonprofit organizations dedicated to addiction recovery and to fighting the opioid overdose crisis. Input was invited to help the newly appointed council determine how best to utilize the opioid settlement money Ocean County will receive – on average $900,000 per year for the next 18 years – to create and improve treatment options and services in the county. The council advises the Ocean County Board of Commissioners.
Our lawmakers are moving setbacks, not solutions – but we’re pushing back.
Imagine a world where we treat each other with care. A world where people aren’t locked away for our mistakes but offered a way to heal. Where treatment, harm reduction, and community support are widely available, helping people overcome these challenges.
Sea Change RCO’s Dual Goal to Serve Recovery Community While Influencing Policy
Sea Change is more than a nonprofit recovery community organization. It’s a vehicle for change in the lives of those affected by substance use disorder, and it’s moving at high velocity.
It’s official: We passed the MAT Act.
On December 29, 2022, the federal Omnibus bill containing the Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment (MAT) Act was finally signed into law, officially eliminating the outdated X-waiver and making medication assisted treatment more accessible for our loved ones in New Jersey and across the entire country! Take a minute to celebrate, huge federal wins like this don’t happen every day, and this is life-changing and life-saving stuff.
Narcan vending machines are a life-saving tool for the harm reduction arsenal
Thanks to the tireless organizing of people with substance use disorder, their loved ones, and community members, New Jersey has been expanding access to the life-saving overdose-reversing drug, naloxone. However, access should be expanded even further through the use of free naloxone vending machines.
Superstorm Sandy’s sustained emotional toll on survivors
Elizabeth Burke Beaty with her husband Tom, their son Tommy, and dog Hank, in front of their belongings in Holgate, after Superstorm Sandy swept through their community in 2012. Burke …
Overdose Awareness Day Observed In Ocean County in Jersey Shore Online
MANCHESTER – International Overdose Awareness Day was observed in Whiting recently. The event honored loved ones lost to overdose throughout the state.
Sea Change Caps Successful Summer With Funding to Continue Recovery Work
The LBI-based Sea Change Recovery Community Organization received a $50,000 grant from the Rx Foundation for its “visionary work of creating an intersection of community-based recovery services and advocacy/organizing for systems change,” RCO founder Elizabeth Beaty has announced. The foundation funds healthcare innovators.
Increase access to addiction medicines
Increase access to addiction medicines / Letter to the Editor, NJ.com When you last heard from me, I called on Congress to stop sitting on a bill to save lives. …
Direct service providers, policy experts, and civil rights advocates oppose fentanyl penalty increases at Senate Judiciary Committee
Today, 150+ recovery specialists, harm reduction providers, and policy experts opposed proposals to increase penalties for fentanyl (S-3325 and S-3096) through testimony and slips of opposition. Organizations submitting their opposition include ACLU-NJ, NAACP-NJST, Latino Action Network Foundation, Salvation and Social Justice, Newark Community Street Team, National Center for Advocacy and Recovery,Northern New Jersey MAT Center of Excellence, New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice, Make The Road New Jersey, Office of African American Gay Concerns, South Jersey AIDS Alliance, New Jersey Organizing Project, New Jersey Policy Perspective, and New Jersey Harm Reduction Coalition.