WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) today announced that the New Jersey Department of Human Services will receive $11,535,221 through the federal Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (CCP) to helpprovidecrisis counseling and other social services to families in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

"Superstorm Sandy profoundly impacted people throughout New Jersey-displacing families, uprooting businesses, and, in some cases, destroying lives. In such dire circumstances, many people rely on crisis counselors for help in confronting the harsh realities of a disaster, and making the first steps toward recovering from it,"said Senator Menendez, who helped lead the New Jersey delegation's fight for federal Sandy relief. "This funding helps meet some of the costs incurred with making counseling available following Superstorm Sandy, and providing people with the help they needed to move forward to a better and stronger future. It's a critical part of our disaster response in New Jersey, and I am grateful to the professionals who engage in this important work."

"Sandy put an incredible strain on New Jersey families and communities as it tore through homes, destroyed businesses, and disrupted lives. This federal funding willhelp provideimportant social services to familiesand children as they continue to get their lives back on track,"said Senator Lautenberg, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, which funds the CCP program."New Jerseyfamilieshave done an incredible job over the past few months recovering from Sandy's devastation, but there's still much more work to doandwe'll keep fighting to make sure adequate support and services are available."

The Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (CCP)providesservices that focus on preventing and mitigating the adverse repercussions of a disaster such as Superstorm Sandy. The CCP's goal is achieved by various prevention and public health approaches. Program services are community-based and often are performed in shelters, other community gathering locations (e.g., community centers or churches), and, when needed, in disaster survivors' homes.

CCP services include supportive crisis counseling, education, development of coping skills, and linkage to appropriate resources. In addition, the CCP assesses and refers those members of the community who are in need of mental health or substance abuse treatments to appropriate community resources. The CCP engages community organizations through direct contact with these groups and participation in community events.