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September 9, 2019  

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.

September 4, 2019  

Tech Time Not to Blame for Teens' Mental Health Problems

Study of 400 teens finds little evidence linking excessive smartphone use and mental health outcomes. “It may be time for adults to stop arguing over whether smartphones and social media are good or bad for teens’ mental health and start figuring out ways to best support them in both their offline and online lives,” Odgers said.

August 12, 2019  

Mass Shootings Can Be Contagious, Research Shows

That's no surprise, say scientists who study mass shootings. Research shows that these incidents usually occur in clusters and tend to be contagious. Intensive media coverage seems to drive the contagion, the researchers say.

July 22, 2019  

Adolescent Connectedness Has Lasting Effects

According to the recent CDC study published in Pediatrics, youth who feel connected at school and home are less likely to experience certain negative health outcomes in adulthood.

July 9, 2019  

Governor Murphy Signs "Linda's Law."

Linda’s Law will prohibit electric public utilities from discontinuing service for 90 days due to nonpayment for medical customers who rely on electric-powered medical equipment to survive. 

June 18, 2019  


For the twenty-third consecutive year the Toms River auto dealerships and 92.7 WOBM recognized two seniors from each Ocean County school, including those from the vocational school districts MATES and Performing Arts Academies.

June 10, 2019  

Murphy Administration Signs MOU with Mexican Consulates

“This agreement reflects DCF’s commitment to racial equity and cultural competence, creating an opportunity to learn from, and to better serve, New Jersey’s Mexican community,” said DCF Commissioner Christine Norbut Beyer. 

May 28, 2019  

Erasing The Stigma Attached To Mental Illness

STAFFORD – Stafford Township Council members recently passed a resolution proclaiming Stafford Township as a Stigma-Free Zone in support of mental health awareness.

May 13, 2019  

Anxiety and depression in children: Get the facts

Although some fears and worries are typical in children, persistent or extreme forms of fear and sadness could be due to anxiety or depression. Learn about anxiety and depression in children

April 25, 2019  


Tis' the season for the best fresh fruit and veggies here at the Shore. Delicious, I can't wait...some of the best Farmer's Markets are right here in Ocean County! They all pretty much start opening up for the season next month.

March 25, 2019  

Stakeholders' Voices Heard on Severe Challenging Behavior

On Monday, March 11th, the Assembly Human Services Committee Chair Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-11) invited guests to provide testimony regarding the challenges faced by individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health conditions, including those with severe challenging behavior.

February 13, 2019  

$1B autism bill would bolster support for those who 'age out'

Over the past several years, as diagnoses mushroomed, society has developed an increasing number of resources to help children with autism and their families. But once those children become adults, the resources become scarce.

February 13, 2019  


Experts largely agree on steps New Jersey should take to create a more effective and efficient Medicaid system and reform plans have already been drafted for some changes, like reforming how doctors are paid for their care and improving services for those with complex needs.

February 13, 2019  

Rutgers board approves employment center for adults with autism

The Rutgers University Board of Governors approved a proposal Tuesday by the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology to build a new facility for the Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services on Rutgers-New Brunswick’s Douglass campus.

December 17, 2018  

Sesame Street Muppet Lily Becomes First to Face Homelessness

Sesame Street introduced a new storyline for Muppet Lily, who first joined the show nearly a decade ago. According to Sherrie Westin, president of global impact and philanthropy for Sesame Workshop, Lily is their first character to face homelessness.

December 17, 2018  

New Rules Could Open More Homes to Foster Kids

Amid an opioid crisis that has increased the need for foster care, states are struggling to find enough foster families to take in kids. A shortage of affordable housing in many places is making the problem even worse.

December 17, 2018  

How to Help Children Manage Fears

Teaching your child how to manage his fears without parental intervention will help him build the confidence and independence he’ll need to feel more in control, and less afraid, both now and as he grows up.

December 11, 2018  

State Agency Creates Office of Family Voice

TRENTON – The Department of Children and Families (DCF) today announced the creation of an Office of Family Voice, the first of its kind among public child welfare agencies nationwide.