The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently provided New Jersey with nearly $24.02 million in funding to support mental health and substance abuse services.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a steep toll on the physical and mental health of New Jerseyans,” Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) said. “The stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines are necessary to limit the spread of the virus but can have severe consequences for individuals facing depression, anxiety, and drug and alcohol abuse. This funding will bolster organizations’ abilities to respond to the increase in mental health need and ensure individuals have the resources to get through this trying time.”
During April, there was a more than 1,000 percent spike in calls to the federal government’s disaster distress hotline, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported. Social distancing guidelines and state stay-at-home orders have increased Americans’
Oaks Integrated Care in Mount Holly and Care Plus NJ in Paramus both received $4 million. Northwest Essex Community Healthcare Network in Belleville received $3.99 million, Somerset County $2.4 million, Rutgers Biomedical/Health Sciences in New Brunswick $1.99 million, and Acenda in Glassboro $1.7 million. Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton, CPC Behavioral Healthcare in Eatontown, and Integrity in Newark all received $2 million.