As the new Coordinator of the Hazlet's Alliance program, Nicole "Nikki" Tierney plans to launch impactful efforts to improve public health.
Working with schools, the police department and Hazlet's Hope Network, Tierney will provide drug and alcohol prevention programs to children in grades K-12, support outreach efforts for parents and develop community awareness programs.
Public health, including mental health, has become especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tierney has a strong background in counseling. She holds an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Addiction Studies. She is a Licensed Associate Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Intern.
She is employed at CPC Behavioral Healthcare as a Peer Recovery Specialist and at Jersey Innovative Service where she works with children as an intensive in-community clinician. She is also employed at Crossroads of Middletown.
Tierney is also a member of the Monmouth County inaugural Crisis Intervention Team and volunteers on the steering committee of Long Branch HEARS, the advisory board of Prevention Coalition of Monmouth County, the Middletown Township Municipal Alliance, and various committees at Mater Dei Prep High School. She is also a member of the Monmouth County Board of Addiction.
Tierney has made it her mission to decrease stigma and barriers to treatment for mental health and substance use disorders. She is candid about her personal journey as someone who once struggled with opioid use disorder, lost her license to practice law, and experienced suicidal thoughts. But she sought treatment and has moved forward from previous negative experiences. She has been in sustained remission from opioid use disorder for over a decade.
A resident of Belford, she is the mother of 21-year-old triplets and an 18-year-old.
January 6, 2022
As the new coordinator of the Hazlet Alliance, I am excited to get to work on improving our community’s resilience to substance abuse. I will also be focused on ways to elevate mental health awareness in our town. If this sounds like something you’d like to be a part of in 2022, please join me!
To fulfill our mission, the Alliance needs input from stakeholders such as community leaders, school staff, law enforcement, business groups, community members, behavioral health agencies, health care professionals, faith leaders and more. Our friendly group will meet on the 4th Wednesday of every month at Hazlet Municipal Building and occasionally we will hold special events.
Sadly, preliminary data shows New Jersey is on pace to end 2021 with more than 3,200 overdose deaths, which would be the most since the state started keeping track in 2012. In addition, mental health disorders are increasing at an alarming rate. Prevention and awareness are as critical as ever to reversing these disturbing trends. Planning has already begun for the year of 2022, and I look forward to your input and support.
Thank you in advance!
Nicole Tierney, J.D., M.S. Licensed Associate Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Coordinator, Hazlet Alliance for the Prevention of Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health Awareness