Alcohol & Drug Abuse Unit

  • P.L. 1989, Chapter 51
Burlington County receives grant funding from the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Addiction Services (DAS) to fund alcohol and drug abuse treatment planning and programs for county indigent residents. The grant funding derives from New Jersey P.L. 1989, Chapter 51 and designates that each county write an annual Comprehensive Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services Plan (County Plan) and submit a contract application for use of Alcohol Education, Rehabilitation and Enforcement Fund (AEREF) and other state discretionary funds. Use of the funding must be based on the identified needs and priorities stated in the county plan. The legislation requires that the Local Advisory Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (LACADA) be established and maintained to assist the County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Director and the governing body in the planning and development of the county plan. The legislation also requires that the Providers Advisory Committee on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (PACADA) be established and maintained to represent alcohol and drug treatment providers contracted by the county. The PACADA serves to assist the county with the development of alcohol and drug abuse services for county residents.

Burlington County contracts with DAS licensed treatment providers for services that provide a continuum of care. Clients seeking treatment under Burlington County funding are pre screened by the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Unit and are then referred to a county contracted treatment provider for services.

Burlington County maintains contracts with ten treatment provider agencies to provide substance abuse rehabilitative services that include: detoxification, inpatient and outpatient treatment for adults and adolescents, male and female half way houses and specialized inpatient and outpatient services for clients with co occurring disorders. In addition, Chapter 51 mandates that counties reserve 12% of its AEREF allocation for prevention education. This is accomplished by contracting with 2 prevention agencies to deliver both school based and community based programs such as: Children of Substance Abusers; Current Drug Trends; Creating Communities We Want to Live In: Phase II Prevention; Family Dynamics of Substance Abuse.

LACADA (Local Advisory Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse) Purpose:
  • Advisory Committee to the Freeholders on substance abuse issues.
  • Appointed by Freeholders to represent Freeholders, Court, Prosecutor, Law Enforcement, Schools, DYFS, Military, Women, Industry, Clergy and the Community
Meeting Dates:
  • 2nd Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m.
CASS County Alliance Steering Subcommittee) Subcommittee of LACADA Purpose:
  • Oversight of the Municipal Alliance Program Membership
  • LACADA Members
Meeting Dates:
  • As needed, the CASS meets one hour before the LACADA meeting.
Providers Advisory Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (PACADA) Purpose:
  • Treatment Providers advise the LACADA on substance abuse issues
  • Treatment Providers contracted with Burlington County. Meetings are open for all other interested treatment agencies to attend.
Meeting Dates:
  • Quarterly. January, April, July, October on the 3rd Friday at 1:30 p.m.