North Bergen Prevention Coalition in the running for $1.25 million federal grant

The organization is committed to battling the opioid epidemic and youth substance abuse

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North Bergen Prevention Coalition in the running for $1.25 million federal grant
The Board of Commissioners congratulated NBPC at the Feb. 26 meeting. Photos by Art Schwartz.

The North Bergen Prevention Coalition (NBPC) is in the running for a $1.25 million federal grant for drug prevention.

Led by Chairman John Belluardo and Coordinator Nick Biamonte, the NBPC is committed to battling the opioid epidemic and youth substance abuse.

Established 30 years ago as the North Bergen Drug Alliance, the organization recently changed its name to NBPC as part of its effort to land the grant.

Members also participated in three-week training sessions in San Antonio. North Bergen was represented at the conference by Belluardo and Biamonte, who have been involved in prevention efforts in the community.

NBPC was one of only three organizations nationwide that were selected as eligible for the grant.

Earlier in 2018, the NBPC received a $150,000 federal grant via the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy to combat drug and alcohol addiction.

As part of the grant, the coalition was mentored by Partners in Prevention and the Hudson County Coalition for a Drug-Free Community.

Located in Secaucus, Partners in Prevention aims to improve wellness and prevent substance use disorders and related health challenges in Hudson County and New Jersey.

Hudson County Coalition for A Drug-Free Community works to reduce youth substance abuse throughout the county.

Now the NBPC has advanced to the next and final stages of the grant process.

Recipients to be announced this year

Chairman Belluardo and Coordinator Biamonte were on hand with other members of the NBPC to accept congratulations from the mayor and commissioners for their hard work.

On Feb. 26 at the North Bergen Board of Commissioners meeting , Mayor Nicholas Sacco congratulated the North Bergen Prevention Coalition for graduating from the National Coalition Academy.

The NBPC graduation certificate from the National Coalition Academy

“I’m proud of the work our Drug Prevention Coalition is doing in helping children in our community stay on the right path, and this grant would allow those efforts to expand considerably,” Sacco previously said of the NBPC. “We’re all hopeful that North Bergen is selected to receive this grant, and we are doing everything in our power to make it happen.”

A graduation certificate was presented from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, bringing the NBPC one step closer to receiving the $1.25 million grant for substance abuse prevention.

The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America is an international organization that seeks to strengthen the capacity of community coalitions to create and maintain safe, healthy, and drug-free communities globally.

If NBPC is selected to receive the funds, the grant will be distributed over ten years at $125,000 per year. Recipients of the grant will be announced in September.

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