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Eachsteve---new-image-2013 year NCADD of Middlesex County, Inc. publishes a report on its work and its concerns throughout the community. 2012 was another exciting year at NCADD of Middlesex County, Inc. The organization continues to grow and expand programs and services throughout the county. We thank all of our supporters for helping us achieve our mission of building healthy communities in Middlesex County. View NCADD's Annual Report, which presents an overview of major NCADD activities and accomplishments for fiscal year 2012.

2012 - THE YEAR IN REVIEW

SAMHSA Video Shoot — As part of a Statewide Childhood Drinking (CD) Coalition project, New Jersey Prevention Network (NJPN) was working with a video production company to produce an Underage Drinking Prevention (UAD) Video. This effort was part of SAMHSA's UAD state video series and focused on the issue in New Jersey while highlighting successes achieved in combating the issue. To help promote local efforts, youth from Perth Amboy implemented a Sticker Shock event at a liquor store in the city. Youth from NCADD's Youth Community Leadership Academy (YCLA) as well as the Perth Amboy Youth Alliance descended on a liquor store in the city and demonstrated how Sticker Shock works.

Acts of Prevention Troupe Performs "Living Legacies" Throughout County — NCADD's Acts of Prevention Troupe performed its "Living Legacies" show at five locations throughout Middlesex County during the month of December. "Living Legacies" performances are based on the lives and war time experiences of area veterans. The performances were based on real stories of local veterans who served in mid-20th-century wars through current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The monologues drifted chronologically, through time, highlighting the veterans' personal experiences. Veterans were interviewed and monologues were written by 55261_438213162901560_428694017_oCarteret High School students and assembled into scripts. Acts of Prevention mentors helped to form the veterans' stories into monologues and from there into an ensemble performance piece. These mentors were instrumental in character development, support, and original script development.

Coalition participates in National Drug Take-Back Initiative — The Coalition for Healthy Communities aparticipated in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, April 28, 2012. The RX2event provided a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

2012 Prevention Education Summit Held — The 10th Annual Middlesex County Prevention Education Summit returned to familiar territory when the annual event was held at the College Avenue Student Center at Rutgers University's New Brunswick campus. Hundreds of professionals including educators, County officials, members of the law enforcement community, addiction providers and municipal alliance members came to hear presentations on –"Positive Youth Development and Community Prevention" as well as "Drugs, Alcohol, Athletes – What's happening – What Works". They also attended one of four breakout sessions where presentation on "What's Happening in Our Schools", "Drug Court Works", "Current Trends in Social Media", and "Medication Assisted Treatment" were held.

2012 Legislative Event Held on Rutgers Campus — The 2012 Legislative Event was held April 10,2012 at Trayes Hall at Douglass Campus Center, Rutgers University New Brunswick. Titled "What would youP4100072 do if a friend was suffering from a drug overdose?" this event featured legislators representing different levels of government who were on hand to discuss the expansion of New Jersey's Lifeline Legislation. The event featured a distinguished panel of speakers including Assemblyman Upendra J. Chivukula (D-17), Primary Legislation Sponsor; Assemblyman Daniel R. Benson (D-14), Legislation Co-Sponsor and Rutgers Alumnus, Kenneth B. Cop, Rutgers University Police Chief and Dan Meth, Recovering Addict who was instrumental in helping pass the original Lifeline Legislation in New Jersey.

Town Hall Meeting Features Perth Amboy Youth — The dangers of under-age drinking, especially among the County's Latino community, were showcased during a town hall meeting held at the Alexander F. Jankowski Community Center in Perth Amboy. Perth Amboy's Mayor, Wilda Diaz, local officials and youth leaders came together in an effort to increase the public's awareness that alcohol use by persons under age 21 is a major public health problem.

Renovation House Awarded 2012 Tree of Hope — Each year NCADD honors a Middlesex County program that goes above and beyond to help its participants recover from to their addiction. The award bestowed upon the deserving organization is called the Tree of Hope. The tree symbolized new beginnings, much like the new beginnings that the programs give to their clientele. This year NCADD bestowed the Tree of HoTOH_Candle_lightingpe upon Perth Amboy's Renovation House. Run by Reverend Paul Sears, Renovation House provides long term treatment and services to men 18 and older suffering from alcohol and substance abuse. Renovation House was chosen because of the incredible amount of success that its program generates and for the pure dedication that the staff and volunteers pour into the organization. Monday September 24, 2012 marked the 11th annual Tree of Hope Ceremony.

Pathways — Our School Based Youth Services Program has been operating in Carteret High School (CHS) for the past seven years. School Based Youth Services Programs are funded by New Jersey's Department of Children and Families. Pathways offers the students of CHS a wide array of services and experiences aimed at keeping them safe and healthy while successfully transitioning into adulthood. Such services include mental health counseling, positive recreation during and after school, academic advocacy, healthy youth development services (leadership skill training, vocational guidance, college prep work, social skill development), and after school groups. In this last year, we have seen 240 students for individual counseling or crisis intervention services. In addition, 208 students came for group services. A total of over 400 different students in the high school have utilized Pathways for actual services, this amounts to over 1/3 of the school population. Additionally, Pathways hosts 200-300 recreational visits each month.

LGBTQ_wrkshpNinth Annual Young Women's Conference —On November 29, 2012, the Coalition for Healthy Communities held its 9th annual Young Women's Conference with twenty-one high schools from across Middlesex County in attendance. A total of 150 young women attended this full day conference held at the Crowne Plaza Monroe. Titled "My Journey, My Voice: Empowering Young Women," the conference provided the young attendees with interactive educational activities designed to help them gain valuable knowledge and resources to support them throughout their lifetime. It is expected that attendees will also use these resources back at their own schools in programs they develop and implement.

NCADD of Middlesex County, Inc. Receives American Medical Association Foundation Healthy Lifestyles Grant — NCADD was awarded a grant from the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation's Healthy Living Program. This program addresses urgent healthy lifestyle issues by providing mini-grants to implement grassroots health education in communities throughout the United States. In 2012, selected projects target youth and address the topic of prescription medication safety. NCADD is one of 25 nonprofits across the country that received such a distinction this year. This program is provided by the AMA Foundation and supported by an unrestricted grant from Purdue Pharma L.P. NCADD received the grant for a project entitled "RU Says No to Rx". This is a new project designed by NCADD in collaboration with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) and Rutgers Health Services' Health, Outreach, Promotion and Education (H.O.P.E.) to be implemented on Rutgers University's main campus in New Brunswick

Expansion into Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools — In 2012 NCADD began providing a full range of educational and support services to each of the five high schools in the Middlesex County Vocational School District.

NCADD Expanded Family Services by Providing Programs in Spanish — For the first time, we were able to provide the nationally-recognized Strengthening Families program entirely in Spanish to families in New Brunswick and Perth Amboy.

yclacleanup1Continued to Expand Community Services — In 2012, our Youth Community Leadership Academy completed the rehabilitation and rededication of Duffy Park in Perth Amboy. This is the only public park in the city of Perth Amboy with a BBQ grill and is used every weekend for family parties and celebrations.

 

                                      2012 BY THE NUMBERS

  • Referrals - Our staff handled 1,610 referral requests by phone in person or via our web-based helpline.
  • Requests for information - NCADD responded to 2,235 requests for information, including over 1,000 in-person visits to our offices in East Brunswick. In 2012 NCADD also lent almost 200 video to various community organizations, treatment providers, and educational institutions.
  • Media - NCADD continuous to receive coverage on regional radio and TV stations including NJ 101.5, WCTC-AM, and News12NJ as well as numerous newspapers and websites. Our outreach through various media outlets generated over 80 media mentions of the agency resulting in over 240 on-air mentions, over 1,300 column inches of exposure and reaching an audience of over 10,400,000 and over $189,000 in comparable free marketing.
  • Student Services - NCADD preventionists made over 1,170 in-school presentations reaching over 26,400 students in the County. The primary program delivered by NCADD preventionists include Footprints for Life, Forest Friends, We're Not Buying It (WNBI), Keys to InnerVisions (KIV), Safe Dates, Wellness Initiative for Senior Education (WISE), Strengthening Families, as well as specialized presentations on Anger Management, Stress Management, Smart Choices, and more.
  • eLearning - Hundreds of individuals from throughout New Jersey and the rest of the USA took advantage of NCADD eLearning courses for addiction professionals.
  • Events - NCADD continued its tradition of providing learning opportunities through various community-based events and presentations. The agency participated in 54 such events, personally reaching almost 6,000 individuals. These events featured a variety of audiences including youth, parents, professionals, law enforcement, and more.
  • Web-based outreach - NCADD maintains several websites as well as several Facebook pages, a Twitter account and a blog. NCADD's web presence includes its primary website (www.ncadd-middlesex.org), Footprints for Life website (www.footprintsforlife.org), eLearning website (www.addictiontrainings.com), and its helpline (www.helptool.org). In 2012, NCADD's websites generated almost 27,150 visits (almost 75 per day.)

                                          FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Support and Revenue


Grants & Contracts
$1,177,352*
Program Fees
   $144,038
Contributions      $53,740
Interest & Other Income
      $3,903

TOTAL SUPPORT & REVENUE

$1,379,033

Expenses


Program Service $1,191,878
Management & General    $250,861
Fundraising      $7,011
TOTAL EXPENSES $1,449,750
Changes in Net Assets    ($70,717)
Net Assets, Beginning of the Year    $394,986
NET ASSETS, END OF YEAR    $324,269

* Note: In 2012, NCADD invested a total of $88,390 in the development of our eLearning program.

Though 80% of our revenue comes from grants and contracts, this line item represents diverse funding from the Federal government, multiple State departments, and two County offices.

We are extremely proud to report that more than 82 cents of every dollar we spend goes to program services benefiting the Middlesex County community. The Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charity Accountability recommends that charities spend at least 65% of their total expenses on program activities and spend no more than 35% of related contributions on fund raising.

 

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