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Information & Referral

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Treatment Referrals
Suffering from an addiction problem? We can help you find a treatment facility. You can either browse through our local Treatment Directory, allow us to make suggested referrals by using our self-administered Screening Tool, or if you prefer speaking with one of our professionals, call our confidential Referral Helpline. We are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. You can also contact us via email at mail@wellspringprevention.org. While not intended to diagnose a substance abuse problem, each of these options will help narrow your search for a program that best meets your needs. Note that the options provided do not represent an exhaustive list of all available programs or constitute an endorsement of particular programs. However, these are programs we have worked with and have consistently received positive feedback from those who have accessed their services. If you live outside of Middlesex County New Jersey, you can get help now by calling the New Jersey Addiction Services Hotline anytime at 844-276-2777. You can also access the New Jersey Mental Health Cares Information and Referral Helpline at 1-866-202-HELP (4357).
If you live outside of New Jersey, reach out to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence at www.ncadd.org or 212-269-7797 to find your nearest local resources.
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Jason Surks Memorial Resource Center
The Jason Surks Memorial Prevention Resource Center at Wellspring serves as a clearinghouse for free information about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Explore our vast collection of online information and helpful links, or visit us at our East Brunswick, NJ location to access free pamphlets, posters and DVD lending library.
More than just a physical and web-based library, our Resource Center is people. If you need assistance planning an educational program, need information for a health fair, or would like to contract with our staff to provide presentations in your community, please call us at 732-254-3344 or send us an email request at info@wellspringprevention.org.

Congressional Bill Designed to Enable Students with Drug Convictions to Receive Financial Aid

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A bill introduced recently by three U.S. senators would make it easier for college students with drug convictions to receive financial aid, by dropping questions about drug convictions on financial aid forms.

The Stopping Unfair Collateral Consequences from Ending Student Success Act (SUCCESS) Act is sponsored by Senators Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Orrin Hatch of Utah and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The measure would require that Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms not contain questions about an applicant’s conviction for the possession or sale of illegal drugs. College students submit the forms each year to determine their eligibility for aid.

According to The Huffington Post, students applying for financial aid must answer a question about whether they have been convicted of possessing or selling illegal drugs while receiving federal student aid in the past. If they answer yes or do not answer the question, the government can suspend the student’s financial aid. They can become eligible again if they complete a drug rehabilitation program or pass a drug test.

First-time possession of marijuana makes a student potentially ineligible for federal aid for one year, the article notes. Juvenile offenses or tobacco and alcohol convictions are not covered under the law.

“A youthful mistake shouldn’t keep a person out of college and the middle class,” Sen. Casey told The Huffington Post. “There’s now an emerging bipartisan consensus on the need to reform our criminal justice system and ensure students who have already paid their debt to society are not punished twice.”

According to the Drug Policy Alliance, between 2013 and 2014, 1,107 applicants lost eligibility for a full year of aid because of a drug conviction or a failure to report one. Their estimates come from Department of Education data.

“It is not the Education Department’s job to punish students for drug infractions,” Senator Hatch said. “Statistics and common sense tell us it is bad policy to deny students education if we want to reduce drug abuse and encourage young people to become successful.”

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