Gov. Chris Christie has nominated John Hulick of Hamilton Township (Mercer) to be executive director of the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.
Hulick would be charged with leading the Council’s work in substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery policies. Currently, Hulick is a policy advisor to the governor in the areas of child protection and welfare, persons with disabilities, and behavioral health, as well as economically disadvantaged individuals and families.
“I have seen firsthand the invaluable work that many of our state’s prevention, treatment and recovery organizations are doing every day and applaud their work and understand what a vital role they play in communities,” Christie said in a release.
“We are committed to continue working with providers and local communities to focus our prevention efforts on reducing the harmful consequences of alcohol and drug abuse among New Jersey’s youth while continuing to develop a trained workforce able to meet both the mental health and substance abuse disorders facing residents. A strong advocate for families and children throughout his career, New Jersey will be served well with John as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.”
Composed of twenty-six members, ten of whom are appointed by the governor with confirmation by the New Jersey State Senate, the Council administers the Statewide Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and establishes guidelines for the grants process to fund local Municipal Alliances.
“I’m honored by Governor Christie’s nomination and the faith he has placed in me to execute his vision for addressing New Jersey’s number one public health concern — substance abuse,” Hulick said in a release.
“The Governor’s personal, sustained leadership to bring focus to this chronic illness offers hope to the many New Jersey families facing it.”
Hulick’s nomination requires the advice and consent of the Senate and he will serve in an acting capacity in the interim.