The Christie administration announced yesterday it has awardedto county correctional facilities to establish or enhance medication-assisted treatment programs to deal with substance-use disorder. The grants are part of a package of initiatives Gov. Chris Christie unveiled in September that commits $200 million to expand the state’s national-model programs and services to continue to effectively address New Jersey’s opioid and substance-use crisis.
“By increasing the availability of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in our prisons and county correctional facilities, we will be providing more access to treatment and saving more lives,” according to Christie.
These programs have been shown to reduce the chances that former inmates will reoffend and be returned to jail, the state said. The counties receiving grants are Bergen ($170,628), Burlington ($200,000), Camden ($200,000), Hudson ($200,000), Middlesex ($179,789), Passaic ($200,000), Salem/Gloucester ($200,000), Somerset ($75,000), Union ($200,000), and Warren ($84,600).