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For Immediate Release Contact: Ernest Landante, Jr.
May 30, 2014 609-292-0422

TRENTON -New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) Commissioner Allison Blake today visited Lighthouse, a drug and alcohol treatment center in Mays Landing, to see first-hand the State's progress in helping youth impacted by Superstorm Sandy in their ongoing recovery. The State has allocated up to $1.8 million in federal Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) funds to expand drug detoxification services for youth between 13 and 18 in the ten counties most greatly affected by Superstorm Sandy. Lighthouse reserves space for adolescents suffering from addiction.

"The emotional stress and strain brought about by major disasters can often be too difficult for some victims to bear, sometimes pushing them to substance abuse," said Commissioner Blake.  "It is important that we continue to provide the support they need to regain control of their lives and rebuild towards a return to normalcy."

Securing treatment for those struggling with drug addiction is a top priority of the Christie Administration. Knowing that disasters of Superstorm Sandy's magnitude can lead to mental health issues and drug problems, DCF proactively applied for federal SSBG funding to help those in need. 

"We appreciate that the Department of Children and Families has had the foresight to see the need for adolescent treatment for those affected by Superstorm Sandy," said Richard Fallon, LCADC, Lighthouse's director of marketing. "This is the first step for our youth on the road to treatment for a successful future."

Established in 1986, Lighthouse specializes in providing rehabilitation services. Its treatment program encompasses the full continuum of care and uses a science-based approach to ensure a safe detoxification from alcohol and drugs such as cocaine, heroin, prescription medications, and marijuana.

Information about the Lighthouse program for Superstorm Sandy-impacted adolescents is available by calling Lighthouse at 888-955-8226.

DCF is dedicated to ensuring a better today and an even greater tomorrow for every individual the department serves. In partnership with New Jersey's communities, DCF helps to secure the safety, well-being, and success of New Jersey's children and families. DCF directly provides services and support to over 100,000 women, children, and families each month.

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