New Jersey Could Expand Addiction Program

Under a $5-million plan presented by New Jersey welfare officials, two new addiction-treatment programs will be opened in the state and another would receive funding for expansion, the Associated Press reported April 27.

Under the plan presented by James Davy, human-services commissioner, Seabrook House’s Matri-Ark program would be expanded to accommodate 36 families. Currently, the program, which enables children to stay with their mothers while they receive drug treatment, serves up to 14 families.

In addition, two new programs will be established in Newark and Lafayette.

“Substance abuse is the most pressing problem facing children and families,” Davy said. “However, we have ignored this problem for far too long by failing to fund services.”

The plan requires legislature approval before it can be implemented.