Hazlet Welcomes New Alliance Coordinator
As the new Coordinator of the Hazlet's Alliance program, Nicole "Nikki" Tierney plans to launch impactful efforts to improve public health.
Working with schools, the police department and Hazlet's Hope Network, Tierney will provide drug and alcohol prevention programs to children in grades K-12, support outreach efforts for parents and develop community awareness programs.
Public health, including mental health, has become especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tierney has a strong background in counseling. She holds an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Addiction Studies. She is a Licensed Associate Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Intern.
She is employed at CPC Behavioral Healthcare as a Peer Recovery Specialist and at Jersey Innovative Service where she works with children as an intensive in-community clinician. She is also employed at Crossroads of Middletown.
Tierney is also a member of the Monmouth County inaugural Crisis Intervention Team and volunteers on the steering committee of Long Branch HEARS, the advisory board of Prevention Coalition of Monmouth County, the Middletown Township Municipal Alliance, and various committees at Mater Dei Prep High School. She is also a member of the Monmouth County Board of Addiction.
Tierney has made it her mission to decrease stigma and barriers to treatment for mental health and substance use disorders. She is candid about her personal journey as someone who once struggled with opioid use disorder, lost her license to practice law, and experienced suicidal thoughts. But she sought treatment and has moved forward from previous negative experiences. She has been in sustained remission from opioid use disorder for over a decade.
A resident of Belford, she is the mother of 21-year-old triplets and an 18-year-old.
We are currently seeking community members to help make an impact in our town. Please consider joining us at The Hazlet Alliance for Substance Use Prevention and Mental Health. Please fill out this contact form. Thank you!
(Addictive Substance Support and Intervention Service Team)
The Hazlet Township Police Department has teamed up with Hazlet's Hope Network to expand addiction services to those in need. Heroin and opioid abuse continues to be an issue throughout Monmouth County communities. Often times police will arrest someone who is suffering from Substance Abuse Disorder but are unable to offer any substantial help to the person to prevent future issues. Heroin and opioid abuse is a public health crisis and in 2017 Hazlet’s Hope Network became our number one resource to assist those looking to get help with this disease. Even with Hazlet’s Hope deploying peer counselors to speak to those we have in custody, we are aware there are still individuals and families who may feel lost and hopeless when dealing with substance abuse. ASSIST is our way of giving those individuals a chance to find support, get answers to questions, and ultimately find help in whatever situation they are facing.
Every Wednesday between the hours of 10 am to noon there will be a representative from Hazlet’s Hope stationed in the Hazlet Municipal Courtroom. The purpose is to provide a resource for those who are, and those who have loved ones, struggling with addiction. These representatives will be able to assist addicts getting admitted to treatment facilities. They will also offer support to family members looking to help a loved one. No one will be turned away.
We encourage anyone to stop in and speak to a recovery specialist in a socially distant atmosphere.
The Hazlet Municipal Court is located in the same building with the Hazlet Police Dept. at 255 Middle Road, Hazlet, NJ. Please be aware there is no police interaction with the ASSIST program.
Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.)
If you think you have a problem with alcohol, or if it's causing problems in your life, contact Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.). Attendance is open to anyone who wants to do something about their drinking problem. You do not need to provide any identifying information to participate. The organization respects the anonymity of all participants.
For information and a list of meetings to attend in person or online, in New Jersey, please visit Northern New Jersey AA at nnjaa.org
You can also call A.A. at any time day or night: English: 908-687-8566 / Español: 973-824-0555
For more information, visit the Alcoholics Anonymous website, aa.org.
Hazlet Is Now 'Stigma Free'
In a proclamation this fall, Hazlet Township declared itself a "stigma free" community. Hazlet joins the region and county in an effort to reduce the negative beliefs associated with mental illness and substance use disorders. We are dedicated to raising awareness of the disease of mental illness and substance use disorders to create a culture where residents feel supported by their community and neighbors and feel free to seek treatment for the diseases without fear of being outcast.
Stigma is a mark of disgrace which results from the judgment by others. When an individual is labelled by their illness they experience judgment and prejudice. It brings experiences and feelings of shame, embarrassment, distress, hopelessness and reluctance to seek or accept help.
As a result, it is one of the primary reasons individuals do not seek help when they experience symptoms of mental illness.
The Stigma-free initiative aligns with the Hazlet Township’s mission to collaborate with community stakeholders to prevent substance abuse and other at-risk behaviors, mental health crises, and substance use/ mental health disorder stigmas through awareness, resources, and education.
Make your stigma-free pledge today and learn more about Monmouth County’s Stigma-free Initiative.
You can also call a 24/7 hotline for Hazlet’s Hope Network 732-739-7717.
Mental Health Support Hotline
The Mental Health Association of Monmouth County, in partnership with Monmouth ACTS, has counselors available to provide free telephonic support for ANY Monmouth County resident in need. The Monmouth County COVID-19 hotline is now available by calling MHA directly Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm. 732.542.6422.