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New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Pathways to Recovery-R.E.S.E.T.

Recovery Employment Solutions - Education & Training

A partnership between:

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The Middlesex County RESET program is made possible by a $650,000 dollar grant put forth by the State of New Jersey through the Department of Labor and Workforce Development entitled: The Opioid Recovery Employment Program–Pathways to Recovery Initiative.

The RESET Program is active from June1st, 2019.


The purpose of the RESET program is to provide:

  • Training opportunities,

  • Supportive services (for example; coaching, transportation, childcare, clothing, obtaining identification), and

  • Employment for 100 individuals whose workforce conditions or trajectories have been impacted by the opioid epidemic.

For purposes of this grant impacted by the opioid epidemic is defined as an individual who has a friend, family member or personal history of opioid use.

In 2013, Middlesex County had 85 Overdose Deaths, in 2017 that number increased to 235, the most ever recorded for the county and a 276% increase. In 2018, New Jersey had 3,163 drug overdose deaths, the most recorded in one calendar year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported New Jersey had one of the highest increases of such deaths in the country, up 21 percent between January 2017 and January 2018.

This grant seeks to deepen the network of employment supports for those affected by the opioid epidemic. It seeks to improve opportunities and incentives for opioid-impacted individuals by providing basic skills instruction, workforce readiness (employability skills) instruction and work experience which will emphasize re-entry into the workplace.

 RESET will pilot critically important new strategies for providing opioid impacted populations with the opportunity to learn and practice the skills necessary to be successful in the labor force. The lessons learned from this effort will assist communities across New Jersey to strengthen services and promote recovery through employment and retention of opioid-impacted individuals.

The Township of Woodbridge-Middlesex County is one of six grant recipients for the Pathways to Recovery Initiative through the Department of Labor & Workforce Development. The following counties and organizations have been awarded the Pathways to Recovery grant, please make others aware of this program in their respective county.

·        Jewish Family Services of Atlantic County, Inc. – Atlantic County

·        Center for Family Services, Inc. – Camden County

·        Blessed Ministries, Inc. – Essex County

·        Township of Woodbridge – Middlesex County

·        Monmouth County Division of Workforce Development – Monmouth County

·        County of Ocean, Department of Human Services – Ocean County

Participation & Eligibility:

In accordance with Department of Labor requirements, program participants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Resident of Middlesex county;

  • Directly or indirectly impacted by the opioid crisis;

The answer to the following question will determine if an individual is directly or indirectly impacted by the opioid crisis deeming them eligible for participation:

“Your answer to this question is voluntary. Do you, a friend, or any member of your family have a history of opioid use? Please answer “Yes” or “No”.”


Meets one of the following criteria:

o A dislocated worker;

o An individual temporarily or permanently laid off because of the opioid crisis;

o A long-term unemployed individual; or

o A self-employed individual who became unemployed or significantly underemployed as a result of the opioid crisis,


Has the willingness to complete identified training and obtain employment.

Available Trainings & Certification Courses:

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) 46-hours:

            A CPRS is a person who uses his or her lived experience of recovery from addiction, plus skills learned in formal training, to deliver services in various settings to promote mind-body recovery and resiliency. The 46-hour CPRS training focuses on providing individuals with the skills needed to guide, mentor and support anyone who would like to enter into or sustain long-term recovery from an addiction to alcohol or other drugs.

The CPRS is a new credential in the addictions field which was adopted by NJ in 2016 through the Addiction Professionals Certification Board. Questions about the CPRS course should be directed to Mainstream Recovery @(732)903-5507.

Microsoft Office Word 50-hours:

          Participants will create and enhance documents; process mail mergers; insert bookmarks and hyperlinks, create table of contents; and create a master document with subdocuments.

Microsoft Office Excel 50-hours:

          Participants will understand spreadsheet layout, develop basic to advanced formulas including IF and nester IF statements, payment functions, VLOOKUP, what IF analysis and macros.

Workforce Readiness Skills 30-hours:

        The Job Readiness Program provides work readiness and soft skills related to employment, accelerated job search skills, interview skills and the review of résumés. 

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA 10) 10-hours:

          The OSHA 10 Certificate is designed to teach workplace safety for entry level workers, thus reducing jobsite hazards. Consumers will learn hazard recognition and avoidance, employer responsibilities, workers’ right, and filing an OSHA Complaint.

Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) 48-hours:

          The CLA Certificate Training prepares individuals for high skilled frontline material handling roles in supply chain facilities such as warehouses, distribution centers and transporters. This course covers global supply chain logistics life cycle, logistics environment, material handling, equipment, safety principles, safe material handling and equipment operation, quality control principles, workplace communications, teamwork and workplace behavior to solve problems and using computers.

Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) 48-hours:

          After obtaining the CLA Certification, a consumer can enter the CLT Certificate Training which provides mastery level competences for front line handlers from entry level to supervisor in supply chain facilities. Core competencies covered are product receiving, product storage, order, processing, packaging and shipment, inventory control, safe handling of hazmat material, evaluation of transportation modes, dispatch and tracking and measurements and metric conversions. The goal of the CLT Program is to provide higher wages for the employee while increasing productivity and competitiveness of the supply chain management facility.

Supply Chain Management Principals 40-hours:

Participants become familiar with the concept of the supply chain and all of its components, from raw materials extracted from the earth to retail types of careers associated with supply chain management.

Schedule an Appointment:

Program eligible individuals should call Woodbridge Township for an initial eligibility screening and schedule an appointment for an upcoming intake session at the allotted date/times in the following locations. Transportation to the appointment is available for those who need. Walk-ins are welcomed at these below dates/times though individuals with a scheduled appointment will be seen first.

Call (732) 855-0600 Ext. 5022

Appointment Days & Times:

1. Tuesday, 12:30pm - 3:00pm

2. Thursday,12:30pm - 3:00pm

Appointment Location will Vary between:

a. Middlesex County College – West Hall Annex (WH)

    2600 Woodbridge Ave, Edison, NJ 08837

b. MAP

a. New Jersey Reentry Corporation

57 Livingston Avenue, Unit 3
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901

b. MAP

a. Woodbridge Health & Human Services

   2 George Frederick Plaza, Woodbridge, NJ 07095

b. MAP

At an initial intake session the participant will meet with a Career Counselor from the Office of Workforce Development and complete an Intake & Initial Assessment form. This will identify the participants career goals and necessary education and training.  When that is completed an individual will meet with a Recovery Specialist/Coach who will assist them in developing a Recovery Plan. The participant will identify goals & barriers in the Recovery Plan which the Recovery Specialist will help them work through to gain successful employment and improved quality of life.