Opioid Council forum

Ocean County to Spend Millions in Opioid Settlement Funds; Recovery Specialists, Community Organizers Weigh In

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.

It’s official: We passed the MAT Act.

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bill containing the Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment (MAT) Act was finally signed into law, officially eliminating the outdated X-waiver and making medication assisted treatment more accessible for our loved ones in New Jersey and across the entire country!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.

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.

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.