CarePlus gets $375K annual grant for substance treatment

Care Plus NJ Inc., the Paramus-based health services company, has received more than $1 million in grant funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, it announced Tuesday.

The company said in a news release that it was awarded $375,000 in annual grant funding for the next three years to expand and enhance its continuum of care for substance use disorders and related disorders for adolescents and young adults in the Bergen County area. The funds come from SAMHSA’s Targeted Capacity Expansion Initiative.

“The funding we receive through SAMHSA’s Targeted Capacity Expansion Initiative will allow us to better serve adolescents and young adults, a population with the fastest-growing rates of substance use, major depression, serious mental illness and suicidality,” Katherine Coleman, associate vice president of CarePlus Addiction Recovery Services, said in a prepared statement. “There are currently not enough specialized services in Bergen County that support this population’s recovery based on age, drug of choice and level of support needed to complement clinical interventions. This funding will fill a major gap in unmet demand for substance use disorder treatment.”

The grant will support CarePlus’ Northeastern NJ Recovery and Individualized Support Expansion, or RISE, program for people ages 14-30 dealing with substance issues or related disorders.

CarePlus is one of only three providers in New Jersey, and 23 nationally, to receive funding from the initiative.