Gov. Chris Christie announced Tuesday how $200 million in state funding will be used for new and continuing addiction prevention, treatment and recovery programs and services across the state, leaving some South Jersey providers cautiously optimistic.
Speaking at the non-profit addiction treatment center Integrity House in Newark, Christie said funding will target programs and services for supportive housing, recovery coaches, pregnant and addicted mothers and prison populations, among others.
“The crisis is upon us, well upon us,” he said. “We can’t focus purely on prevention and wipe our hands clean of those already lost to the carnage of addiction. This is where many of the 25 initiatives come into play."
Christie’s announcement came just one day after he, National Institutes of Health experts, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and pharmaceutical executives announced a new anti-opioid partnership between government and pharma to combat addiction on a national level.