The policy unit issues an online publication, Capitol Talks, on specific pieces of legislation and provides testimony before the New Jersey Legislature. NCADD-NJ also produces an annual election guide summarizing important issues to be considered during the time of election. In addition, a candidate survey on issues pertinent to addiction and mental health is mailed to all candidates and the responses from candidates are posted. NCADD-NJ has produced a health care reform series, numerous in-depth primers detailing problems and providing research on potential solutions. Subjects of these primers include Closing New Jersey’s Addiction Treatment Gap and Treatment Instead of Incarceration.
In 2008, NCADD-NJ created the Advocacy Leader Program, through which an addictions issues constituency has been built. The program now has over 180 members representing 38 of the state’s 40 legislative districts. The advocacy effort also recruits members to become Leadership Partner Program and to sign up for the Think Advocacy database.
The Advocacy Leader Program and the overall advocacy efforts of the unit have begun to greatly make use of social media tools including Facebook and Twitter.