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“Addiction is not a moral failing. It is a disease.” So stated Governor Christie in his State of the State address on January 10, 2017. As he laid out his plan for prevention, support and recovery, NJ 2-1-1 staff readied themselves to receive the calls that were bound for our lines. “When the Governor’s office called us to ask if NJ 2-1-1 would power the ReachNJ addictions helpline, it was a proud moment. He was placing his confidence in 2-1-1 for his signature initiative and I knew we were up to the task,” said board president, Gina Plotino. Since that day we’ve been able to help nearly 6,000 people looking for recovery resources (3,682 who have called or chatted with us online and 2,192 others who visited our website to search our resource database and read more about what’s available.)
If you or someone you know is battling addiction, call 844.732.2465 or 211. Let us start you down the road to recovery by providing you with information about existing resources in our state. Know the signs of addiction.
With the arrival of spring, we have dusted off our summer pages in preparation for the warmer weather that is just around the corner. Working parents of school-age children are well aware that the need for summer recreational programs is on the horizon. Knowing that camp and recreation registrations often open at this time of year, we've put together a county-by-county listing of low-cost camp options. Other related pages that may be of interest to you, include information on how to protect yourself from the summer heat, smart food practices, park and recreation resources throughout the state, summer food programs and more. This is also where we will post information about NJ cooling centers when spring fades into those hot, hazy, and humid days of summer.
It’s not too late to take advantage of tax credits you may be eligible for. Learn about the Earned Income Tax Credit that could put thousands of hard-earned dollars back in your pocket. Get free tax filing assistance at a VITA site near you.
Utility Assistance applications accepted through May 31. This is good for medically necessary cooling as well as heating assistance, but you MUST apply by May 31. Learn more on our utility assistance pages.