Reducing the harm to adolescents by the abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs

The Foundation's program, New Jersey Health Initiatives, was designed to support projects in New Jersey that develop new approaches to resolving the state's health care needs, focusing on the Foundation's goal areas.This grant provides support for a comprehensive long-term, research-based outpatient treatment program for adolescent substance abusers incorporating: (1) a thorough bio-psycho-social assessment; (2) individual, group, and family therapy; (3) psychiatric services and mental health counseling for youth with dual diagnoses; (4) recreational field trips; (5) wraparound services; (6) peer mentoring; and (7) the nationally recognized Life Skills Training curriculum to teach drug resistance skills, personal self-management, and general social skills. The project will reach an estimated 540 Essex County adolescents, primarily poor minority residents of Orange, East Orange, Irvington, and Newark. Built on the latest research, especially the Adolescent Treatment Models program, it is expected to achieve significantly better outcomes than traditional substance abuse treatment models.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $423,231.00

Awarded on: 11/24/2003

Time frame: 12/1/2003 - 11/30/2006

Grant Number: 49991


Family Connections Inc.

395 South Center Street
Orange, 07050-3205


John W. Surface
Project Director