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Bergen County Freeholders Allocate $55,000 For Male Halfway House Services

The Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders has allocated funding to support halfway house services for men recovering from substance abuse.
The Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders has allocated funding to support halfway house services for men recovering from substance abuse. Photo Credit: co.bergen.nj.us

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- The Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders has adopted a resolution allocating $55,000 in trust funds to authorize a contract with Greater Bergen Community Action to provide transitional housing services for men through GBCA’s Ladder Project in Hackensack.

In operation for more than 20 years, the program's halfway house, a state-licensed residential substance abuse treatment facility consisting of 20 beds, provides supervised, substance-free residence, as well as associated case management and group-centered support services, to clients referred by the County of Bergen, Drug Court, other nonprofits and self-referrals.

Residents typically stay for three to six months and are required to find employment after 30 days or begin an equivalent educational or job training program.

According to a recent community health needs assessment performed by the Bergen County Health Department, halfway house care was identified as a critical need for Bergen County, partly due to the epidemic of heroin and opioid abuse and overdose.

While the county runs its own program for women on the grounds of Bergen Regional Medical Center – an initiative called Spring House – Ladder is the only program of its kind in Bergen County for adult males.

“By working with partners like Greater Bergen Community Action we ensure that the continuum of care provided by the County’s Office of Alcohol and Drug Dependency is equipped to serve even more residents,” said Freeholder Tom Sullivan. “We must continue to strive to provide more options to those suffering from the disease of addiction and their families.”

Residents who are interested in the services offered by the Office of Alcohol and Drug Dependency can call 201-634-2740, or click here.

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