News & Events

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Daytop New Jersey at Crawford House Honors Ann Nawn at the Annual Spring Dinner

Daytop New Jersey at Crawford House will hold its annual spring dinner on Thursday, May 11th from 6:00 pm to 9 pm at The Bedens Brook Club in Skillman. This year, Ann Nawn, will be honored. Ann has made an intense impact on the woman by starting an equine therapy program. Through interactions with horses, and with help from an equine therapist, the women discover and explore behaviors and relationship patterns that have become problematic in their day-to-day lives. Equine therapy offers an effective and creative way for the woman to learn about things like self-worth and personal integrity, healthy relationships, and effective communication.

The spring dinner is the signature event where much needed funds are raised to continue the life-altering work of providing transitional-housing and treatment to women in early recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol.

The evening will include an array of exciting and unusual silent auction items, dinner and music. Tickets are $150 per person and sponsorship opportunities are available.

Join Daytop New Jersey at Crawford House in helping women in recovery transform their lives as they make a fresh start towards a bright and fulfilling future. For more information about the event, to volunteer, donate to the auctions or place an ad in the commemorative journal, please contact Anne Bradley, director of development at 908-874-5153, ext. 8 or

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Treatment is now available for 18, 19 and 20 year olds at our residential facilities

Recently Governor Christie announced news that now allows 18, 19, and 20 year old young adults struggling with substance use, who are in need of out of home (OOH)/residential care to be admitted into adolescent DCF licensed programs that can offer more developmentally appropriate, trauma informed care. 


Admissions information:

  • For questions on admissions or to make a referral please call 888-4DAYTOP (888-432-9867) then extension 2.  Or you can continue to use the numbers you have for referring youth. 
  • 100% of those being admitted into Daytop, New Jersey’s OOH programming have been eligible for public funding for the duration of treatment.
  • Daytop, New Jersey is able to offer same day admissions seven days per week.
  • All other admissions criteria remain the same.


Treatment and programming information:

  • The two OOH/residential programs are licensed by DCF and accredited by CARF.
  • Regionalized care in North and South Jersey with OOH/residential programs in Morris County (Mendham) and Salem County (Pittsgrove).
  • Programs are located in suburban areas on expansive grounds.
  • Enrollment into a fully accredited recovery high school (Mendham) or a full day education program (Pittsgrove) if the youth is still enrolled in school.
  • GED programming options for those who are unable to re-enroll in their home school district.
  • Person centered and family based treatment philosophy.
  • Medical Directors that are American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and board certified.
  • Individual and group therapy provided at least one time weekly by a licensed masters level professional. 
  • Minimum of two hours of case management weekly geared towards communication, transition planning, and continuing involvement of all members of the child’s family team including guardian(s) and other supportive and involved family members, CMO workers, school SAC or guidance counselor, and legal stakeholders (probation or drug court worker), etc.
  • Evidence based and informed programming including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Nurtured Heart Approach (NHA), Six Core Strategies, contingency management, etc. delivered in group, educational, family and individual counseling.                                                                                                                                                   
  • Creative and effective allied therapies (movement and experiential based).  These include Award Winning Music for Recovery Program, Art for Recovery, equine therapy, yoga and mindfulness, a full challenge course at both facilities, among many experiential therapy opportunities.
  • Please call 888-4DAYTOP to make a referral.  Please contact Jeanne Kappel at 973.543.5656 ext. 794 to arrange a visit at either of the OOH locations.  Thank you.
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Paul Ressler and Joseph Coronato among NJTV Everyday Hero Award winners

Paul Ressler, Daytop New Jersey's Board Vice Chairman, has garnered an Everyday Hero Award from New Jersey Public Television, along with others whose work and advocacy have touched on the heroin and opioid epidemic.

The awards, part of NJTV's Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis program, were handed out Wednesday night January 18th, in Trenton.

Paul,  whose son Corey died of a heroin overdose in 2010, spurring the formation of The Overdose Prevention Agency Corporation in Hamilton, also received an Everyday Hero Award. Ressler’s organization trains people in the use of naloxone. Ressler also sits on the board of Daytop New Jersey, which treats adolescents and adults with mental health and substance abuse problems.'s-death-spurs-narcan-training/94513504/

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Music & Recovery – Perfect Together

Addiction Professional, a respected clinical magazine, recently featured Daytop New Jersey’s music program in its e-newsletter, highlighting the popular new program which uses music to help students in their recovery journey. Being featured in this forum not only is an honor but speaks to the stand-out programming happening at Daytop New Jersey.

Led by Singer/Songwriter, Kathy Moser, Music for Recovery is a powerful way to reach the hearts and minds of people on the journey of recovery. Students at Daytop New Jersey are discovering new ways of understanding and communicating their recovery journey through writing and performing music. Read the article here.

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Back To School Night


The Daytop New Jersey Academy held it's first Back to School night on Monday, September 26th.  The response from parents was overwhelmingly positive. Gina V, a parent of a student at the Academy said "Thank you so much for organizing this back to school night  It was wonderful to meet the teachers and hear first hand what goes on in your classrooms day to day. You have a top-notch staff; everyone I met was passionate about their work, caring about the kids and empathic to their situations  I was impressed!"

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Daytop New Jersey Students Give Back

Students who participate in Daytop New Jersey’s Leo Club, which is sponsored by the Chester, New Jersey Lions Club recently delivered blankets, pillows, sheets and other needed supplies to the Randolph Regional Animal Shelter. The Shelter expressed its gratitude for the numerous donations, which were contributed by Daytop New Jersey residents and their families. A Shelter staff member led the Leo Club members on a facility tour, allowing them to see the animals that were receiving the supplies. This successful project was a heartwarming experience for all. The energetic Leo members are acquiring skills of leadership and organization while having fun through this and future community projects. Students at Daytop New Jersey are encouraged and provided with opportunities to be of service to others, which in turn helps them in their own personal healing and recovery journey.

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Daytop New Jersey proudly announces that Mendham therapist Julia Buccini, LSW has earned her LCADC credential.

Daytop New Jersey proudly announces that Mendham therapist Julia Buccini, LSW has earned her LCADC credential. LCADC stands for licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor which is a rigorous course of study specializing in treatment those suffering with addictions to drugs and alcohol.

Daytop New Jersey’s greatest assets are its staff, who like Julia, continue to grow professionally and advance their expertise in order to provide the highest quality treatment to their clients.

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Daytop New Jersey residents harvest their first vegetables

Daytop New Jersey residents harvest their first vegetables of the season from the garden

they planted (green beans and beets, pictured). This is a great opportunity for students

to get their hands dirty in the soil of the earth, watch and support the growth of something

from a small seed and to give back to the community, as the vegetables are used not only at DaytopNJ but also donated to local soup kitchens and women’s shelters.

The residents are responsible for regularly watering and weeding

the garden and take much pride in their work. The core group is usually five residents with others periodically volunteering their time.

“Planting and watering the vegetables is really cool because this is not

something I would have ever gotten to do at home, and I actually really liked it”   - DaytopNJ resident

Past News & Events

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Nick Hilton In-Store Event

Please join us December 1st at Nick Hilton Princeton and receive a 20 percent discount. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Crawford House in Skillman. If you can't join us visit any day in December, mention Crawford House and receive your discount.
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Friends of Daytop New Jersey Annual BBQ

Save the Date for the next gathering of the Friends of Daytop to be held on the Mendham grounds September 17, 2016 between the hours of 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM. Food, beverages, and entertainment will be provided.  
For RSVP and additional information please contact Jeanne Kappel at

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Daytop New Jersey Academy Graduation

Saturday, June 18, 2016

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2016 Golf Outing

Mary Mulholland
Memorial Golf Classic

Ernie Larini and Dennis O'Brien

Thursday, June 16, 2016
Cedar Hill Golf & Country Club
Livingston, NJ

Picture left to right; Ernie Larini, George Palmer and Dennis O’Brien.

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Crawford House 2016 Annual Dinner

Daytop New Jersey at Crawford House held its annual spring dinner on Thursday, May 12th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at The Bedens Brook Club in Skillman.

Nick Hilton, long-time volunteer, was honored. The spring dinner is the signature event where much needed funds are raised to continue the life-altering work of providing transitional-housing and treatment to women in early recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol. This year’s dinner raised $155,000.

The evening included an array of exciting and unusual live and silent auction items, dinner and music for the 160 friends and supporters who attended.

Please contact Anne Bradley, director of development at 908-874-5153, ext. 8 or for information about next year’s event.

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Morris County Heroin Summit of 2016

The Rockaway Township Substance Abuse Alliance
along with the Morris County Prosecutor's Office
and Daytop New Jersey Presents:

Morris County Heroin Summit of 2016

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Christ Church
140 Green Pond Road, Rockaway, NJ

For registration leave a message at:
973-627-2465 ext. 434 or email:

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Daytop Village of New Jersey’s Ocean County Facility

Eagle Ridge Golf Club
2 Augusta Boulevard, Lakewood, New Jersey 08701

Date: Monday, April 25, 2016

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Information: Nicole Davidman Drewniak at (908) 447-0358 or or visit here.