(Gloucester Township, NJ) – For individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, and other mental health afflictions, the COVID-19 pandemic has been especially challenging. These difficulties however are compounded by the holiday season, which is often linked to increased feelings of stress and poor mental health. For those in need of support during this difficult period, the Camden County Office of Mental Health and Addiction is reminding residents that help is always available.
“Mental health is just as important as physical health, and we know that the two are inextricably linked as well,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. “If you or someone you know is in need of support, do not put off seeking care. The Office of Mental Health and Addiction has resources available and has access to dozens of additional organizations that can offer further assistance.”
To further the Office’s mission in supporting the community, it has recently been awarded several grants to extend or establish programs which combat and reduce overdoses and fatalities in Camden County.
These programs include:
Suboxone has been demonstrated as one of the most effective treatments for opioid use disorder. Funded through an Innovation Grant from the New Jersey Division of Mental Health & Addiction, the program covers the cost for suboxone, medical evaluation, case management and bus vouchers for eligible residents. To access this service, please contact (800) 805-6989.
Overdose Fatality Review Team (OFRT)
Through funding provided by the New Jersey Department of Health, the OFRT will be completing a comprehensive review of overdose fatalities in the county. Ultimately, the team will utilize this data to form recommendations regarding how to further reduce overdoses and fatalities in the future.
Certified Peer Recovery Specialists
With a grant awarded by the National Association of County and City Health Officials, the Office is able to provide Certified Peer Recovery Specialists inside the county’s homeless shelters who work with residents to help them on the path to recovery.
In addition to these and other resources, the State of New Jersey is funding a 24-hour mental health support hotline throughout the pandemic, available at (732) 204-6510.
If you or your loved one have any questions or need assistance, please contact the Camden County Office of Mental Health & Addiction at (856) 374-6361.