Menendez, Booker, Murphy Announce Over $30 Million to Combat Opioid Crisis in New Jersey

Menendez, Booker, Murphy Announce Over $30 Million to Combat Opioid Crisis in New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. – Coming on the heels of passage by the Senate this week of the Opioid Crisis Response Act (H.R. 6) of 2018, U.S. Senators Bob Menendez, Cory Booker (both D-N.J.) and Governor Phil Murphy today announced $30,612,044 million in federal funding to boost New Jersey’s efforts to prevent, treat and respond to the growing opioid epidemic.


“This is the critical federal funding New Jersey needs to combat the growing opioid epidemic in our state,” said Sen. Menendez. “Too many families have been torn apart by the scourge of opioids and, in addition to the legislation we passed in the Senate this week that contained several of my bills, every effort counts towards addressing this crisis. NJ awardees are highly qualified and ready to put these resources into action. I look forward to seeing the positive impacts of this funding in our communities.”


“We have seen the devastating toll our nation’s opioid epidemic has taken on families and communities across New Jersey,” said Senator Booker. “Combatting this crisis requires us to not only ensure that those facing addiction receive the treatment they need, but that there are also the resources on the ground to prevent new cases. I stand committed to fighting for federal resources like this that help us address this epidemic before more families are torn apart.”


“Every day, the opioid epidemic devastates communities and families in all corners of our state. New Jersey is working diligently to develop and implement data-driven strategies that will save lives and expand treatment options for those struggling with addiction,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “This funding will help us provide expanded services to those suffering from addiction and build a healthier, safer state for all.”


“NJPCA was proud to learn that 20 Community Health Centers in New Jersey have received funding awards that will support the expansion of existing behavioral health services to address the opioid epidemic,” said Jillian J. Hudspeth, President/CEO at the New Jersey Primary Care Association. “Our federally qualified health centers continue to partner with State and Federal entities to bring care to where it is needed throughout New Jersey.  We appreciate the support of our federal policymakers in bringing these resources to our underserved communities.”


The New Jersey Department of Health will receive $3,412,500 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to work to prevent opioid-related overdoses, deaths, and other outcomes.


The New Jersey Department of Health will also receive $21,566,035 million in a State Opioid Response Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to support the state’s response efforts and expand access to treatment and recovery services.


Finally, the following Federally Qualified Health Centers will receive a total of $5,633,509 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to expand access to integrated substance use disorder and mental health services:


  • Newark Community Health Centers -- $285,000
  • Community Health Care -- $298,000
  • CamCare Health Corp. -- $285,000
  • Henry J. Austin Health Center -- $326,000
  • AtlantiCare Health Services -- $330,350
  • Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey Community Health Center -- $286,250
  • Zufall Health Center -- $285,000
  • Ocean Health Initiatives -- $284,084
  • Metropolitan Family Health Network – $285,000
  • Monmouth Family Health Center – $266,825
  • Lakewood Resource and Referral Center -- $285,000
  • Horizon Health Center -- $237,000
  • Rutgers -- $285,000
  • Jewish Renaissance Foundation -- $185,000
  • Saint James Health -- $285,000
  • Southern Jersey Family -- $285,000
  • North Hudson Community Action Corp. -- $285,000
  • Paterson Community Health Center -- $285,000
  • Jewish Renaissance Medical Center -- $285,000
  • Neighborhood Health Services Corp. -- $285,000


The Opioid Crisis Response Act (H.R. 6) of 2018, includes several measures authored by Sen. Menendez as well as a provision authored by both Sen. Menendez and Sen. Booker.