HACKENSACK- The Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders on Tuesday adopted Resolution #260-16, allocating $55,000 in trust funds to authorize a contract with Greater Bergen Community Action, Inc. (GBCA), to provide halfway house/transitional housing services to men through GBCA’s Ladder Program in Hackensack.In operation for more than 20 years, Ladder House is a state-licensed residential substance abuse treatment facility consisting of 20 beds. Ladder House provides supervised, substance-free residence, as well as associated case management and group-centered support services, to clients referred by the County of Bergen, NJ Drug Court, other non-profits and self-referrals. Residents typically stay for 3-6 months and are required to find employment after 30 days or begin an equivalent educational/job training program.
According to a recent Community Health Needs Assessment performed by the Bergen County Health Department, halfway house care was identified as a critical need for Bergen County, partly due to the epidemic of heroin and opioid abuse and overdose. While Bergen County runs its own similar program for women on the grounds of Bergen Regional Medical Center called Spring House, Ladder is the only program of its kind in Bergen County for adult males. The majority of addicts who overdose in Bergen County are male.
“By working with partners like Greater Bergen Community Action we ensure that the continuum of care provided by the County’s Office of Alcohol and Drug Dependency is equipped to serve even more residents,” said Freeholder Tom Sullivan. “We must continue to strive to provide more options to those suffering from the disease of addiction and their families.”