Wellspring Implements Substance Use Navigators in County
Many families, schools, and systems are facing the issue of teen addictions. Often times, when services are needed, those around the teens are unsure of where to get help. The role of the Substance Use Navigator includes:
- Build inter-system relationships and serve as a resource for system partners and the community at large within one- of the 15 defined service areas (all counties are represented).
- Focus is on supporting seamless access to and treatment of substance use services including, but not limited to, Children's System of Care services, specialized treatment needs of transition age youth, and helping community partners to recognize indicators of substance use and how appropriate services are accessed.
- Become fully knowledgeable of the continuum of care within the Children's System of Care, as well as all available substance use treatment services, providers, and advocacy agencies within the defined service area.
Major Functions and Expectations of the SU Navigators include:
- Collaboration with System Partners
- Identify, lead, support and inform collaboration among all youth serving systems.
- Collaborate with all system partners on a routine and ongoing basis.
o The Navigator will engage in a two-fold needs assessment process that is the Children's System of Care and the broader stakeholder community to increase knowledge and understanding regarding adolescent substance use needs and available services in the identified community.
- Consultation Services
o Planning, implementation and oversight of community strategic plans.
The Substance Use Navigator will work to identify, lead, support, and inform collaboration among all youth-serving systems including, but not limited to:
The two individuals hired to perform the above duties include Jeanette McClew and Valerie Wright.
Jeanette McClew is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) who received her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Rutgers University and her Master of Social Work (MSW) from Kean University. Jeanette began her career working with adults with developmental disabilities and metal health disorders. As she managed multiple residential programs, Jeanette focused on the dignity and rights of the individuals and as a result was a recipient of a “Culture of Caring” Award.
She continued her social service career in a variety of settings serving adults with mental illnesses, adult arsonists and sexual offenders, and adults suffering from substance abuse. Prior to joining the Wellspring Center for Prevention, Jeanette delivered intensive in-home services to youth suffering from a developmental disability and mental health disorders. Jeanette has a certified therapy dog who is eager to work and help those in need.
Valerie Wright joined Wellspring Center for Prevention as a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) in early 2018. She began her career in social services by earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Regent University and her graduate degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University where she focused on trauma and addictions. Over her career, Valerie has served many youth and adults in Somerset County in a variety of local facilities.
Valerie focused her efforts on providing counseling and case management services for those suffering from mental health and substance abuse disorders at inpatient and outpatient mental health centers, and hospitals. Most recently, Valerie provided in-home therapeutic services to youth with developmental disabilities. Valerie volunteers as a New Jersey certified Disaster Response Crisis Counselor (DRCC), as well as a certified Emergency Response Team (CERT) member for Somerset County.
The Substance Use Navigator program is made possible thanks to a grant from New Jersey’s Department of Children and Families’ NJ Children’s System of Care.
Links and additional pages
- Care Management Organization (CMO)
- The Courts
- Local law enforcement entities
- NJ DCF Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P)
- Substance use treatment providers
- Mental health treatment providers
- Children’s Inter-Agency Coordinating Council (CIACC)
- County Government
- Juvenile Justice System including Detention and JDAI
- Family Support Organization (FSO)
- Mobile Response and Stabilization Services (MRSS)
- Local Advisory Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (LACADA)
- Human Services Advisory Council (HSAC)
- County Substance Use Coordinator
- Intensive In Community (IIC) providers