H.O.P.E (Healthy Options for Prevention and Education), now Safe Communities Coalition
Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) was awarded a grant from the New Jersey Division of Addiction Services (DAS) to provide substance abuse prevention services in Somerset and Hunterdon counties to reduce the harmful consequences of alcohol and drug use among 18 to 25 year olds. Project H.O.P.E. (Healthy Options for Prevention and Education) is a federally funded, Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) community implementation grant.
This award is timely as it occurs when an increasing number of young adults in our communities are involved in alcohol and other drug (AOD) abuse including binge drinking, abuse of prescription drugs and other related high-risk behaviors. The underlying causes of these behaviors may include social norms/acceptance,peer pressure, underlying depression, loss of a loved one, domestic violence/turmoil,traumatic events and the stress of balancing work, academic studies and family responsibilities within the context of a burgeoning economic recession. Based on analysis of census data Project H.O.P.E is seeing significant increases in AOD abuse and related consequences within the 18-25 year old target population in Somerset and Hunterdon counties. Simultaneously, enrollment at RVCC by the target population is increasing as well.
With RVCC serving as the central hub for so many young adults from our respective communities, we are united to provide a comprehensive and strategic response to the harmful effects of AOD use throughout both counties.our partners Somerset Treatment Services and Hunterdon Prevention Resources have provided plan to provide both on campus and in the community, AOD use and abuse prevention workshops, early identification and intervention services that teach coping skills, and referral for additional treatment.
Some of the Project's accomplishments are as follows:
How Can We Help You?
College Center - Room C-121
Ann Smolinsky - Safe Communities Coalition
Bruce Yellin - Safe Communities Coalition
Telephone: 908.526.1200 x8607
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