Family Support Organization Newsletter
So here are eight things all parents can do (or stop doing) to help their kids manage their time better, get organized and live without mom and dad doing everything.
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.
A statewide health alert was issued: One NJ user reportedly talked about vomiting blood. Others said they've become perpetually sick.
If you’ve ever struggled with your mental health, most likely you’ve also dealt with sleep issues. An estimated 50 to 80 percent of patients in a typical psychiatrist’s office wrestle with sleep, versus just 10 to 18 percent of the general population. Like nutrition and exercise, sleep is one of the pillars of well-being.
The following ‘SUMMARY REPORT of the COMMISSIONER’S LISTENING TOUR SESSIONS with DCF-INVOLVED FAMILIES’ is a candid and comprehensive compilation of feedback received during the Listening Tour and input collected through a designated DCF email account.
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.
The Toms River Youth Services program is first-come, first-served.
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.
Ocean County's Mental Health Association announced a state-funded program to help people and families affected by opioid addiction.
A program called NJ Connect for Recovery uses Dr. Robert Meyers’ approach to intervention through empathy, compassion, love and understanding. It’s called CRAFT: Community Reinforcement and Family Training.
Crincoli is participating in the Maternal Child Concierge Program, which sends health-related text messages and videos to pregnant women and moms who are dealing with behavioral health issues, including opioid use disorder.
New Jersey is latest state to adopt ‘Erin’s Law,’ calling for age-appropriate education on the topic from preschool to 12th grade
Funding for Housing and Services Critical to Ending Homelessness in NJ July 30, 2019
A child welfare agency would file paperwork with HUD for what’s called a Family Unification Voucher in the months before a youth aged out.
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.
State Benefits Recipients Get Free or Discounted Admission at more than 85 New Jersey Arts and History Organizations
Residents who receive food assistance through SNAP, cash assistance through the WorkFirst NJ program or child care assistance through NJ Child Care Subsidy program or WIC are eligible for free or steeply discounted admission at museums, theatres, historic sites, workshops, festivals, and more.
AACR Congressional Briefing on E-Cigarettes and Nicotine Addiction: A Potential Public Health Crisis for Youth and Young Adults
The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) held a congressional briefing on the potential public health crisis of e-cigarette use among youth and young adults on June 12, 2019.
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.
Aging out of the system brings tough challenges that states are trying to help young adults overcome.
Beginning in October, the federal government will no longer pay for most group home stays of more than two weeks.
Toms River marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots with its first LGBT pride festival.
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.
“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.
This will bring you to TEARS! Gabrielle Union uses her FIRST golden buzzer and creates one of the most emotional moments in AGT history.
The line between the two can be blurry. Here's how to know when it's time to reach out for help.
STAFFORD – Stafford Township Council members recently passed a resolution proclaiming Stafford Township as a Stigma-Free Zone in support of mental health awareness.
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
The U.S. faces a growing shortage of mental health professionals trained to work with young people — at a time when depression and anxiety are on the rise.
You can be taught to have a more positive attitude. And — if you work at it — a positive outlook can lead to less anxiety and depression.
Initiative is a ‘gap filler,’ not a free ride, official says; up to 18,000 students are expected to benefit in 2019-2020 academic year
Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity and Amboy Bank Partner on Personal Finance and Budgeting Worksho
TOMS RIVER – Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity, in partnership with Amboy Bank, will host a Personal Finance and Budgeting workshop on Tuesday May 14th from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Habitat ReStore, 1214 Route 37 East, Toms River.
Lawmakers are looking to dramatically increase federal funding to support respite care for families of those with disabilities and other special needs.
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.
Beginning May 15 and ending Sept. 1, teens who fall within that age range will be able to work out for free at Planet Fitness gym locations nationwide.
Ocean County Summer Camp and Recreation Ideas
Do you love to hike? Do you love to take your dogs with you? Then here is a list of some of the best hiking parks in the Garden State for you and your furry friends to enjoy.
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.
TRENTON, NJ — A bill sponsored by Assemblyman Edward "Ned" Thomson (R-Monmouth/Ocean) that increases the penalties for failing to report child sexual abuse has been signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy.
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.
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.
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.
Expanded Limits for Emergency Assistance
Misconception #1: Victims of human trafficking will immediately ask for help or assistance and will self-identify as a victim of a crime.
Aim is to improve diagnosis and treatment of mental illness and substance abuse issues among children and adolescents
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.
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.
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.
Improvements in school climate can reduce suspension rates by 10 percent, MU study finds
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.