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July 10, 2018  

Minority Mental Health Month

July was designated as Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in 2008 to bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face in regard to mental illness in the United States (US).

July 10, 2018  

The Growing Case for Social Media Addiction

Dr. Orif Turel, a leading researcher in technology addiction and an associate professor at CSU Fullerton, says compulsively checking Instagram, Facebook and Twitter isn't just fun — it could be hurting our brain.

July 2, 2018

New Text Number Steers NJ Kids to Summer Meals

People can text “summer meals” to 97779 or visit to find local sites. Both the text number and website provide locations, meals served and times meals are served, based on a person’s zip code.

June 26, 2018  

Ocean County Hunger Relief to close after 37 years

TOMS RIVER - After 37 years serving the most vulnerable people from Lakewood to Little Egg Harbor, Ocean County Hunger Relief will permanently close its doors and cupboards on June 30.

June 26, 2018  

Disabled people in N.J. just got a benefit they've always wanted

People with disabilities or their families now will be permitted to create a tax-free savings account to pay for housing, transportation and other services to help them lead independent lives, under a program announced Monday by Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson.

June 26, 2018  

2018 Ocean County Community Health Needs Assessment Survey

The Ocean County Health Department is pleased to announce the start of the 2018 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) process. The first step in this process is launching the 2018 Ocean County Community Health Needs Assessment Survey to guide the development of goals to improve healthcare in Ocean County over the next five years.

June 26, 2018  

The FY 2018 CoC Program Competition is Now Open

The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition has been posted to the FY 2018 CoC Program Competition: Funding Availability page on the HUD Exchange. Additional resources are available on the e-snaps page on the HUD Exchange.

June 19, 2018  

Housing Recovery Info Session For Sandy Victims

TOMS RIVER – The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) will be hosting their 48th Housing Recovery Information Session on June 19 to help homeowners and rental property owners affected by Superstorm Sandy with reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts.

June 19, 2018  

With The Rise Of Legal Weed, Drug Education Moves From 'Don't' to 'Delay'

...drug prevention education in schools has evolved significantly since the "Just Say No" days of the '80s — and now typically takes an approach that's more appropriate for the era of ubiquitous weed access. It's one that emphasizes decision-making and critical thinking skills instead of abstinence.

June 12, 2018  

Will the New Foster Care Law Give Grandparents a Hand?

The aim of a new federal law is to reduce the number of children who end up in the troubled foster care system — the biggest reboot of the child welfare system since 1980. But already, the Family First Prevention Services Act, signed into law by President Donald Trump in February, is generating some controversy.

June 12, 2018  

Summer Success Kit for Kids With ADHD

Creating — and sticking to — a summer schedule will make it easier for kids to stay organized, help them manage transitions without melting down and make it less difficult to get back into a good routine when it’s time to go back to school. 

June 12, 2018  

Preventing Parent Burnout

Meeting the emotional challenges of caring for children with mental health issues

May 21, 2018  

Study Shows Increase In Youth Suicide Attempts

he number of school-age children and adolescents hospitalized for suicidal thoughts or attempts has more than doubled since 2008, according to a new Vanderbilt-led study published today in Pediatrics.

May 21, 2018  

Beyond Pregnancy Prevention: Preparing Youth for the Future

One federally-funded youth life skills program in Madison Heights, Michigan, is at the forefront of addressing these issues, providing entrepreneurship, employment and educational training opportunities to youth who are in foster care in or around the Madison Heights local community. 

May 7, 2018  

Ocean County Urged To Step Up For Victims Of Sexual Assault

When you text the word "Stepup" to 732-338-0833, it returns a message that reads "To break the silence and access resources on sexual violence, please visit" and includes a link to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office's webpage.

May 7, 2018  

How To Help An Overdose Victim

TOMS RIVER – Corey Ressler was 22 when he died of an opioid overdose. In the summer of 2010, friends called 911 from Corey’s cell phone, but the call dropped. Someone called 911 from a different location about 30 minutes later, but it was too late.

May 7, 2018  

Opioid town hall coming to Little Egg Harbor church

At an upcoming Knock Out Opioid Abuse town hall meeting, scheduled for May 17 at Calvary Baptist Church in Little Egg Harbor Township, experts plan to discuss with community members the programs and initiatives in place to get more people into treatment and recovery.

May 7, 2018  

SpEd Camp Continues Momentum of Special Education Dialogue

On Saturday, May 12, 2018, Toms River Regional Schools will host a unique teacher learning experience entitled Jersey Shore SpEdCamp. In following the EdCampNJ tradition, SpEdCamp 2018 will be unlike traditional conferences with paid speakers and a narrow set of subjects.

April 30, 2018  

Ocean County Health Department Community Job Fair

OCEAN COUNTY – The Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) will be hosting a Community Job Fair on May 17, 2018 from 4-7 p.m. at the department’s main campus, 175 Sunset Ave. in Toms River.