Union County Seeks community input for Alcohol and Drug Programs

UNION COUNTY – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites residents to express their opinions and concerns regarding alcohol and drug abuse programs, in a series of public forums. The public input is part of the application process for the County to receive State of New Jersey funding for treatment and prevention.

“Alcohol and drug abuse is a public health and safety issue that impacts people from all walks of life,” said Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter. “We have scheduled several public forums, including one in Spanish, in an effort to include as many people as possible.”

The community forums are part of the needs assessment for Union County’s grant application to the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. They will be held at the following locations:

Elizabeth: 122 East Grand St. at the offices of the community services non-profit PROCEED. One session will be conducted in Spanish on Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 6 to 7 p.m., and one will be conducted in English on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Westfield: 300 North Ave. East at the Union County Complex, Colleen Frasier Building, on Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 5 to 6 p.m.

Plainfield: 518 Watchung Ave. at the Plainfield Area YMCA on Thursday, Nov. 14 from 5 to 6 p.m.

For more information about these forums, contact Sara Thode, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Coordinator, 908-527-4844, or email sthode@ucnj.org.

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