The Employers Association of New Jersey is now offering substance abuse assistance to employees its member companies and their families in a service that will officially be launched May 24.

“We’re starting to treat substance abuse like the chronic disease that it is,” says John Sarno, president of the EANJ, who has been following the issue for the last several years.

Sarno says that he hears frequently from employers about how to help employees who are substance abusers. “Often, their first reaction is not to fire someone. The first reaction is often ‘how can we help?’”

The employers’ group said in a statement that in years past it would help employers make referrals to professionals who could help treat employees with substance abuse problems or in need of behavioral healthcare. Now the group is offering help through a more formal process via the Preferred Behavioral Health Group.

EANJ is also providing management consulting and supervisory training for businesses. “For us, it’s the next step to fostering healthy, secure, and productive workplaces,” Sarno says.

Heroin addiction, and the related problem of prescription opioid abuse, is growing worse in New Jersey. In 2015 there were more than 1,500 deaths by overdose.

Last November Surgeon General Vivek Murthy released his office’s first-ever report on opioids and addiction, which included tools and recommendations collected from more than a year of research. The  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also released prescribing guidelines after thorough study.

More than 20 million people in America have substance abuse problems; 78 die every day from opioids alone. The Surgeon General report is about substance abuse broadly — both alcohol and drugs, legal and illegal. But it’s the opioid epidemic that has grabbed public attention.

In February, Governor Chris Christie signed into law a bill to combat the growing opioid and heroin crisis. The law mandates in-state insurers offer 180 days of coverage without pre-authorization. Last week President Trump tapped Christie to head a high-level opioids commission to help address the problem nationally.

#b#Chamber Launches Ad Campaign#/b#

The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce has launched an ad campaign promoting membership in the organization. The chamber says the multimedia blitz will include TV spots and digital advertising with Comcast Spotlight and a regional billboard campaign with the Interstate Group. Targeted channels include CNBC, CNN, ESPN, the Food Network, HLN, and the Travel Network.

According to the chamber, the ads will focus on the “Chamber’s regional growth and highlight the business experience the Chamber is bringing to its member companies.” The group has doubled its membership in eight years and now includes 1,300 companies.

“It is exciting to see the impact of the Princeton Regional Chamber throughout the region,” said Rick Coyne, chairman of the chamber. “We look forward to continuing our expansion and through this advertising campaign — bring our message of growth and business connections to additional companies and individuals in Central New Jersey.”

Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, 182 Nassau Street, Suite 301, Princeton 08542. 609-924-1776. Peter Crowley, CEO. www.princetonchamber.org.

#b#Name Changes#/b#

Global Wealth Management Inc., 700 Alexander Park, Suite 103, Princeton 08540. 609-452-2929. Ram Kolluri, principal. www.gimgt.com.

Global Wealth Management, a financial advisory company, has moved to the same Alexander Park office as another company, Princeton Advisory Group. Global Wealth Management was founded by Ram Kolluri in 1983 as Princeton Investment Management. In 2015 the company changed to its current name, and began a partnership with Princeton Advisory Group. PAG was founded in 2002 by Munish Sood, who previously worked with Kolluri.

Kolluri says the two companies now share office space and have combined assets under management of around $700 million. Princeton Advisory Group specializes in pensions and institutional investors, while Global Wealth Management specializes in high net worth individuals, trusts, and small pension funds. Together they employ about 15 people.

Silver Crest Asset Management, 5 Vaughn Drive, Suite 108, Princeton 08540. 609-945-1400, www.silvercrestgroup.com.

James Eaton Wood Inc., an investment management firm based in Bedminster, has been bought by New York-based Silver Crest Asset Management for $12 million in cash and other assets. The combined firm has $19 billion under management.

#b#New in Town#/b#

Systems Office Design, 12 Roszel Road, Suite C-203, Princeton 08540. 609-514-5334. Deb Hoffman, www.systemofficedesign.com.

The design company, which specializes in commercial and medical office redesigns, has opened an office on Roszel Road.

#b#Crosstown Moves#/b#

KB Financial Partners LLC, 300 Carnegie Center, Suite 240, Princeton 08540. 609-514-4710. Alan M. Tofig, vice president.

The financial services company has moved from 214 to 300 Carnegie Center.

Yootech Associates LLC, 621 Lake Drive, Princeton 08540. 732-333-1381. Roger Liao, president. www.yootech.com.

The proprietary trading firm has moved to a home office.

First American Title Insurance Company, 50 Millstone Road, Building 300, Suite 150, East Windsor 08520. 609-951-9500. Steven R. Rothberg, president. www.firstam.com.

The title insurance company has moved from Research Way to Millstone Road.

Danam Consulting, 34 York Road, West Windsor 08550. 609-919-9454. Sekar Tiruchanur, www.danamconsulting.com.

The computer consulting company has moved from Roszel Road to a home office on York Road in West Windsor.

#b#Deaths#/b#

Nancy Lawrence, 64, on March 28. She worked for 15 years as an adjunctive therapist and Carrier Clinic in Skillman and was also a volunteer at SAVE animal shelter.

Kenneth Bodden Jr., 76, on March 28. He was a supervisor at Taylor Provisions. Services will be held Saturday, April 8, from 3 to 5 p.m., at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 2999 Klockner Road, Hamilton.

John Gilligan, 81, on March 26. He was CEO of Dataram Corporation of Princeton Junction from 1969 until 1984.

Rev. Dr. Marilyn McCord Adams, 73, on March 22. A scholar of medieval philosophy and theology, she taught philosophy of religion at Rutgers and at the Princeton Theological seminary. As an Episcopal priest, she most recently assisted at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton. Services will be held Saturday, April 8, at 10 a.m. at Trinity Cathedral.

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