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Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) funding was awarded to the Department of Human Services in the aftermath of SuperStorm Sandy that occurred in October 2012.  The Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services is using its designated  portion of the award for services to individuals with mental health and substance use disorders who resided in Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Union counties during the storm.  Descriptions of available SSBG Sandy Recovery Services, which are available through September 2015, are below.

For more information about services, please view our presentation.

Mental Health and Substance Use Services Awareness Campaign and Access
The New Jersey MentalHealthCares Helpline directs callers to appropriate service entry points. With a toll-free, confidential phone call, individuals may also obtain information, referral resources, advocacy and supportive counseling from trained professionals.  Call (866) 202-HELP (4357), (TTY 877-294-4356), from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight to speak to a professional.   All messages left between midnight and 8:00 a.m. will be returned the next day.  Multilingual service is available.
Outpatient Counseling Services
Mental health and addictions outpatient counseling is available to Sandy survivors, who are seen by one of a network of credentialed private practitioners with offices in the impacted counties.  A tele-health option is also available. To access services, call the NJ MentalHealthCares Helpline at (866) 202-HELP (4357) (TTY 877-294-4356).
Early Intervention Support Services (EISS) in Monmouth and Ocean Counties
The EISS program provides short term mental health services and outreach to adults with a serious mental illness who are experiencing significant emotional or psychiatric distress and are in need of immediate intervention. EISS offers crisis intervention and crisis stabilization services in a setting that is an alternative to hospital based emergency room treatment. To access services, call the NJ MentalHealthCares Helpline at (866) 202-HELP (4357) (TTY 877-294-4356).
Recovery and Rebuilding Initiative (RRI) Substance Use Disorder Treatment
RRI is designed to increase access and capacity for substance use disorder treatment services for consumers living in one of the ten significantly storm-impacted New Jersey counties. Services include detoxification and short-term residential treatment. To access services, call the NJ MentalHealthCares Helpline at (866) 202-HELP (4357).
Supportive Housing Vouchers and Wrap-Around Services
DMHAS, through a competitive RFP process, will provide time-limited supportive housing and supportive housing services for up to 354 individuals with a substance use disorder and/or mental illness who resided in one of the 10 impacted counties between October 28th, 2012 and October 30th, 2012.  141 vouchers will be available to individuals with a substance use disorder and 213 to individuals with a mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorder.  Additionally, career services, including supportive education and employment services will be offered.  Housing navigator services will assist in locating safe, appropriate housing.  To access services, call the NJ Mental HealthCaresHelpline at (866) 202-HELP (4357).
Legal Services
The Community Health Law Project (CHLP) is providing legal services to persons with legal issues directly related to SuperStorm Sandy.  To access services contact the CHLP at (732) 380-1012.
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