Friday, 22 January 2010 13:25

Agency History

MarkWellspring Center for Prevention (formerly NCADD of Middlesex County, Inc.,) has its roots in a solid history of education/prevention activities in the county starting back in the mid-1970s.

At that time, an outreach movement began by the National Council on Alcoholism of Monmouth County, which resulted in the establishment of the NCA of Central Jersey, which included an office in Ocean County and one here in Middlesex.

Housed at Middlesex General Hospital, our county branch began operations without funds, but with a dedicated group of volunteers. The activities of the agency at this time included training events in school settings; seminars at Perth Amboy General, Middlesex General, and South Amboy Memorial Hospitals; programs for numerous community groups; in-service training for various county agencies; co-sponsorship of the first statewide conference on Alcohol Problems and the Criminal Justice System; and a countywide seminar on alcoholism for the clergy. Services continued until funding became scarce and in 1977, the Council was forced to close down its operation.

1979 was a rebirth of the community's concern that alcoholism education/prevention services were needed in the county. An ad hoc committee was formed from among members of the South Brunswick Family Services Advisory Group and application was made to the New Jersey Alcoholism Association to establish the Middlesex Council on Alcoholism.

The Council was incorporated in the spring of 1980. Since then, Wellspring has identified community needs and met those needs with creativity and persistence. We have served hundreds of thousands of individuals through the wide array of programs we provide.

The agency is identified by the NJ Department of Human Services as the local prevention resource center. We are a leader in providing quality prevention education programs, community presentations, leading advocacy efforts, and establishing coalitions to address specific needs in the community.

NCADD History Timeline

1980 Middlesex Council on Alcoholism is incorporated, providing an information/referral helpline and introduced Mr. Chugs, an alcohol prevention program for elementary school.
1983 Formed the Middlesex County Black Community Task Force and Hispanic Advisory Committee.
1985 Held first joint prom/graduation press conference with Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. The success of this ongoing campaign is evident – there has not been one student fatality during prom/graduation season in Middlesex County since it began.
1986 Hosted first annual Legislative Reception, where more than 160 people attended. The reception also kicked off the 5th annual Alcohol Awareness Month.
1987 Agency is renamed Middlesex Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse; at this time, drugs other than alcohol were incorporated into all programming.
1990 10th Anniversary was celebrated with a benefit concert at the State Theater in New Brunswick, featuring Roberta Flack.
1993 Agency name is changed to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) of Middlesex County, Inc.
1994 Partnered with the Governor’s Council for a Drug Free Workplace to provide services to the small and medium sized business
1996 Introduced two new programs: Forest Friends, a violence prevention program for elementary school; and WISE (Wellness Initiative for Senior Educators), to train older adults to develop and present prevention programs in the community.
1999 Implemented the We Check for 21 program, educating alcohol beverage vendors to prevent underage sale.
2000 Communities Against Tobacco (CAT) Coalition and REBEL (Reaching Everyone By Exposing Lies) were formed.
2000 Introduced We’re Not Buying It!, The Alcohol & Tobacco Connection to middle schools, teaching students about the methods used to market these products to young people.
2002 Celebrated National Recovery Month with first annual Tree of Hope, donated to Crawford House.
2002 received award for outstanding electronic publication.
2003 Introduced Footprints for Life, a new prevention curriculum developed by NCADD of Middlesex County, Inc.
2003 Formed the Middlesex County Substance Abuse Coalition, the most comprehensive collaborative group addressing substance abuse in Middlesex County.
2004 Coalition hosted a very successful young women’s conference for high school girls.
2004 Resource Center was named the Jason Surks Memorial Prevention Resource Center at a dedication ceremony attended by ONCDP Deputy Director Scott Burns.
2005 Keys to InnerVisions (KIV) was introduced in five schools in the County.
2005 NCADD celebrates 25 years of Building Healthy Communities.
2006 Relocated office space to 152 Tices Lane, East Brunswick.
2006 Held 25th Anniversary Gala featuring Brenda Blackmon, news anchor at WWOR-TV as Master of Ceremonies and Judy Collins as Keynote Speaker.
2006 Launched Strengthening Families, whose goal is to prevent substance abuse in youth by helping them build skills and giving parents more tools to help their children become responsible young adults.
2006 Partnered with Carteret Public Schools to create PATHWAYS, Carteret’s School-Based Youth Services Program, a safe, structured environment within the school to address the social and health needs of students.
2007 Held regional Town Hall Meeting on prescription drug abuse, part of a national initiative.
2007 Launched an anti-gambling program targeting seniors and high school students.
2007 Footprints for Life was approved for the Service to Science program, an initiative that provides support to move the program closer to national recognition as an evidence-based program.
2008 In 2008, NCADD added two programs to its roster of offerings for the
communities it services in Middlesex County. Safe Dates and Acts of Prevention.
2009 NCADD launched a unique program offering a series of online training courses geared towards teachers and other educators.
 2010  NCADD Celebrates its 30th anniversary!
 2011  NCADD introduces online training for addiction professionals
 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.
 2013 In the fall of 2013, as part of its planned activities for National Recovery Month, NCADD presented “Pass It On... An Evening With Bill W. & Dr. Bob.”
Published in About NCADD
Friday, 04 November 2016 17:28

Annual Report

Each year Wellspring Center for Prevention (formerly NCADD of Middlesex County, Inc.) publishes a report on its work and its concerns throughout the community. 2016 marked the 36th anniversary of…
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Monday, 25 January 2010 17:31

About the NCADD Logo


What’s in a logo? Ideally, it should send a clear message about the organization it represents, its values, its mission, and its style. That’s an awful lot for what is essentially a symbol, or mark, and the name of the organization. Let’s see how we did as I introduce you to our new logo.

First, in designing the new logo, we were very conscious of the history represented by our old logo. For years, with the exception of the color, it has been exactly the same as the national NCADD logo, with the addition of "of Middlesex County, Inc." and the extended double lines. Since it had been the same for so long, it has been taken for granted, and the rich history that the mark represents has been forgotten. Most people, including most of our staff, saw a red circle with a little design next to our name. Our goal was to bring that "little design" to life. Our mark has three distinct elements, each representing a facet of our mission.

The first is the key that forms the backbone of the mark. It stands for the key of knowledge and corresponds to our mission to prevent substance abuse by educating society about the nature of addiction; arming youth with the information and skills they need to succeed drug-free; and serving as a resource for parents, communities, and the media.

The second element is the double entwined snakes taken from the medical caduceus. The snakes are entwined around the key, because one of the most central concepts that we educate the community about is the fact that addiction is a brain disease and, as such, must be viewed as a public health issue, not a criminal justice or moral issue.

Finally, the wings represent the mythical phoenix rising from the ashes of its own destruction. This symbol represents how many feel about their own recovery from addiction and the new life they now lead. We stand ready to assist those in need of treatment for their disease and to provide encouragement and support to them and their families.

Taken together, these three elements reflect the original tenants of Marty Mann, the pioneering founder of the NCADD movement. She believed that society must be educated that an alcoholic is a sick person, worthy of help, and that recovery is possible. We have further emphasized that theme by choosing a fresh blue, representing life and rebirth as our primary color.

When you look at our new logo, we hope you can see its vibrancy and life. No longer is it locked within a circle. Instead, it is three dimensional with wings unfurling for flight. In fact, the mission represented by this symbol stands above us and transcends what we do locally, providing guidance and inspiration for all of our endeavors.

Published in About NCADD
Monday, 25 January 2010 17:33

Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees, October 2013


Jeff Jannarone
President, Jannarone Consulting
Elected 2010


Vice President
Agim Coma
Director, Diligent Commercial Cleaning Services
Elected 2010

aurea Treasurer
Aurea Pereira
VP/Financial Center Manager
Elected 2011


Anil Datwani
Elected 2013

rakesh-web Immediate Past President
Rakesh Ganta
RLG Environmental, Inc.
Elected 2008



Steven G. Liga, MSW, LSW, LCADC, CPS, CCS
Executive Director & CEO

NCADD of Middlesex County, Inc.



Kevin Codey
Commercial Real Estate
Elected 2014

David_Feigley1-small David A. Feigley, Ph.D.
Program Director, Rutgers
Elected 2014

Patrick_Piegari Patrick Piegardi, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools
Elected 2014

Steven_Schwartz Steven Schwartz
Elected 2014

Lisa Lisa Velasquez
Associate Counsel
Elected 2014

Priya-1-small Priya Venkataraman
Vice President - Digital Consulting
Elected 2014



Nicole Williams
Diabetes Specialty sales professional
Elected 2014 


Published in About NCADD
Monday, 25 January 2010 19:00

Order our Local Resource Directory

Wellspring's Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug Resource Directory for Middlesex County is updated annually and provides detailed information on a variety of substance abuse prevention and treatment programs serving Middlesex County.

To order a copy of our current Middlesex County Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug Resource Directory, please complete this form:

Tuesday, 26 January 2010 12:42

NCADD Press Releases

Click on the links below to view the Press Release. Coalition Holding Creative Expression Contest, November 29, 2013 National Medicine Take Back Returns to Middlesex County October 26th!, October 21,…
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Tuesday, 26 January 2010 12:44

NCADD Staff On The Air

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Monday, 25 January 2010 19:00

CPS Scholarship Opportunities from NJPN

The following is reprinted directly from the New Jersey Prevention Network's (NJPN) website.

The Certified Prevention Specialist is an individual who has demonstrated competence related to alcohol, tobacco and drug prevention and who provides services that build the capacity of individuals and systems to promote healthy environments, lifestyles, and communities. The Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) Addiction Training and Workforce Development Program was created to enhance and diversify New Jersey’s addiction workforce. One of the goals of the program is to increase credentialed professional staff employed at substance abuse prevention agencies by offering Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) training opportunities. Class size is limited, and eligibility for the program is based on the following criteria:

  1. Priority will be given to individuals working towards completion of their CPS.
  2. Individuals accumulating work or volunteer experience in the field of substance abuse prevention.
  3. After completing coursework, individuals agree to take the additional steps to become certified, which include successfully completing a written exam.
  4. Participation and progress in training will be documented by each scholarship recipient as well as NJPN (based on information provided by the student.)
  5. Scholarship recipients must have their supervisors’ approval to attend courses and agree that NJPN may communicate with their agency regarding their progress towards certification.
  6. Scholarship recipients will give NJPN the authority to access the results of the CPS written exam in order to monitor progress towards certification.
  7. Scholarship recipients will be eligible for a limited number of free classes, based on funds available and the demand for scholarships.

Organizations that are participating in our scholarship program:

Once you are approved for a scholarship, you may contact these organizations to find out about CPS classes they currently offer.

Middlesex County:

Wellspring Center for Prevention, 620 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Sussex County:

Center for Prevention & Counseling, 61 Spring Street, Newton

Published in Prevention Specalists
Monday, 25 January 2010 19:00

School Faculty Training

Wellspring’s eLearning courses in Professional Development Training for Educators are designed to bring awareness to faculty, school administrators, and other school professionals on several serious challenges facing our youth and teens today. Wellspring currently offers nine awareness courses for education professionals covering a variety of real, critical, and potentially life-threatening or life-altering issues. All courses are continuously brought up-to-date to reflect the latest updates, trends and Department of Education and legislative mandates. Additionally, all course tests were updated to multiple choice to better evaluate participant knowledge. The following courses are available:

All courses earn one (1) CEUs. To meet State requirements on Youth Suicide, both courses must be taken.

Each course provides current facts and figures to illustrate the severity of the topic at hand. Practical guides are provided to help educators recognize the signs and symptoms of each issue. Policies and procedures governed by New Jersey statutes and administrative code are discussed. By taking these courses and understanding the information contained in them, educators and school administrators will take a huge step toward providing a healthy school environment for all their students. Information in these training courses is presented so that the reader can progress through the course at his or her own pace. Course navigation tools are provided that allow the reader to easily go back to any part of the course and review any information. Quizzes ensure accurate understanding of the information. Completion of the quizzes is tracked for administrators, but specific quiz scores are not reported.

For more information please contact Ezra Helfand, Executive Director at 732-254-3344 ext. 125 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010 13:13


In addition to the various education and prevention focused programming Wellspring Center for Prevention provides for youth, in 2006 the…
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