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Former Bergen Prosecutor Donates To Paramus Group That Aids Opioid Addicts

Children's Aid Vice President of Prevention and Community Services Ellen Elias; John L. Molinelli; and Children's Aid President and CEO Jerry Binney
Children's Aid Vice President of Prevention and Community Services Ellen Elias; John L. Molinelli; and Children's Aid President and CEO Jerry Binney Photo Credit: COURTESY: Children’s Aid and Family Services

PARAMUS, N.J.– A nearly $3,000 donation from former Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli will help The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources in Paramus train recovery coaches, authorities there said.

While prosecutor, Molinelli helped the center launch the Recovery Coach Academy, made up of volunteer coaches and others in long-term recovery who go to area hospitals to support opioid overdose survivors revived by Narcan.

The center is training the coaches and working closely with Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal to "build on Molinelli’s vision and implement the program and coordinate efforts with emergency services and area hospitals," Communications Director Sheila Riccardi said.

Molinelli "worked tirelessly to help fight against the crisis of heroin addiction in our community,” said Jerry Binney, president and chief executive officer of Children’s Aid and Family Services. “We are so grateful for his continued support and strong belief in the Recovery Coach Academy.”

Molinelli, who earned Woodcliff Lake's John F. Kennedy Award, is now a partner in the Price, Meese, Shulman & D’Arminio law firm.

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