Legislation (A5061) sponsored by Assemblyman Sean T. Kean creating aspecial support recovery license plate to provide housing assistance funding for people who have completed substance abuse treatment was unanimously approved today by the Assembly Transportation Committee.
“Special license plates are a way to champion a cause and generate much needed revenue,” said Kean (R-Monmouth). “A support recovery license plate will demonstrate support for anyone touched by drug addiction and help fund needed housing.
“This bill will help reduce homelessness as a barrier to recovery,” Kean continued. “It will also provide a sustainable funding source for people struggling with alcohol and drug addiction and provide them with access to a sober living environment. This will help reduce relapse and break the cycle of addiction. ”
Donna DeStefano, a local resident whose daughter is in recovery, suggested the license plate to Kean. DeStefano is the founder and CEO of Parents in Connection for Kids, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides substance abuse treatment resources and referrals to parents of children with alcohol and drug addictions.
The license plates will serve as a visible sign of support to those impacted by the opioid epidemic.