unterdon Prevention Resources Awarded Two Substance Abuse Grants from NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Hunterdon Prevention Resources (HPR) is proud to announce that it has been awarded two highly-competitive grants from the State of New JerseyDepartment of Human ServicesDivision of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) for evidence-based programming for community services for the prevention of Prescription Drugs and Underage Drinking.


“We are so pleased to have been awarded these grants, which align so closely with the mission of Hunterdon Prevention Resources to provide needed services and resources to keep our communities healthy and drug free,” said Karen A. Widico, Co-Executive Director at HPR.  “HPR’s main focus has always been on decreasing the prevalence of prescription (Rx) drug abuse and underage drinking in Hunterdon County.”


“Through the Safe Communities Coalition, which is a division of HPR, we can increase our outreach for the prevention programs that will be presented under these grants,” added Lesley Gabel, HPR’s Co-Executive Director.   “It is our goal to decrease both prescription drug abuse and underage drinking by 5% over the next 5 years by not only educating our youth on the dangers of substance use but by increasing their decision-making and problem solving skills to be able to stand up to peer pressure.”


Said Jean Ciullo, Director of Programming at HPR, “In its effort to reduce substance abuse among our county youth, HPR will present several evidence-based programs to different age groups.  These programs will provide needed life skills to increase assertiveness and refusal skills and promote a positive self-image, as well as to increase the perception of harm from alcohol and drug use.”  There is widespread acceptance among teens that Rx drug use is safe and that over-the-counter drugs are not harmful (as determined by key informant studies and youth focus groups).  And where alcohol is concerned, it is seen as a rite of passage by both the youth and their parents.


About the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services

The Division oversees the provision of a broad range of community mental health and addiction services throughout New Jersey, and contracts with various entities to provide and support community-based prevention, early intervention, treatment, education and recovery services.  It contracts with more than 120 agencies for a wide range of community mental health services that assist consumers living in the community; and supports and monitors a wide variety of substance abuse treatment and prevention services providers designed to reduce the misuse of alcohol and other drugs through effective evidence-based treatment.


About Hunterdon Prevention Resources

Hunterdon Prevention Resources supports the health and wellness of individuals, families, and the communities we serve by providing education, counseling, advocacy for policies, and collaboration necessary to keep our communities healthy and drug free.   For confidential help or for services or programs, contact us at 908-782-3909.  For more information on the organization, visit us online at www.hunterdonprevention.com. Also, Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HPRNJ.