In support of our vision of client-centered, recovery oriented care, DAS provides access to an array of needed services to ensure a supportive and sustainable recovery process, which includes supportive housing. Two primary housing options are currently offered through DAS funding: Supportive Housing and Oxford Housing.
SUPPORTIVE HOUSINGThrough a competitive bidding process, DAS has contracted with Resources for Human Development, Inc. in Camden and the Johns Brooks Recovery Center in Atlantic City to provide supportive housing and services for individuals with substance abuse problems and their families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The supportive housing model and services are designed to meet the specific needs of intravenous drug users who are participating in a sterile syringe access program. For this program, supportive housing means housing enriched with services.
Between the two agencies, sixty-two (62) units of subsidized housing and two (2) intensive supportive housing (ISH) teams exist to serve consumers. There are two (2) approaches to serving the supportive housing client. Level A, available to thirty (30) clients, combines the benefits of treatment with those of supportive housing and requires clients to participate in a minimum of five (5) hours of substance abuse treatment per week. Level B, available to thirty-two (32) clients, makes no treatment or service participation demands on participating clients. This pilot is based on a small but growing body of research demonstrating that stable housing is a cornerstone to addiction recovery and that people suffering from chronic diseases such as addiction achieve better outcomes when housing accompanied with supportive in-home and community services is provided early on as a basic need.
These services are part of DAS Needle Exchange Treatment Initiative.
GROUP RECOVERY HOME LOAN FUNDFunding is provided to Oxford Houses to provide administrative and programmatic oversight of the statewide network of peer-led group recovery homes in New Jersey. This funding is provided only for the maintenance of the 73 existing homes in New Jersey. Oxford Houses are democratically run, self-supported, drug-free living environments for clients needing housing during or post-treatment. No direct treatment or clinical services are provided within these homes, however, all individual members attend 12-Step meetings and may be encouraged to utilize outside professionals whenever such utilization is likely to enhance recovery from alcoholism.
For more information on these housing options, please contact Christine Scalise at (609) 292-7293 or Christine.Scalise@dhs.state.nj.us.