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January 22, 2020

Ocean County 2020 Point in Time Count

On January 29, 2020, Ocean County will participate in NJCounts 2019 conducting a state-wide Point-In-Time Count of the sheltered and unsheltered homeless. If you or someone you know is homeless or at risk of homelessness please visit one of the Project Homeless Connect Sites for help.

January 13, 2020  

New Jersey Students to Receive Messages on the Dangers of Vaping

That's the message the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) will be sharing with youth as they return from holiday break this week. PDFNJ, in collaboration with the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, has unveiled a media campaign about the dangers of vaping that will be distributed to each of the more than 3,500 schools in the state.

January 6, 2020  

Ban on many flavored e-cigarettes could come Friday

The FDA is reportedly taking unprecedented action to try and stop the teen vaping epidemic. Under the direction of the Trump administration, it will likely announce a ban on mint, fruit and dessert flavored e-cigarette cartridges as soon as Friday.

January 6, 2020  

Why You Should Teach Your Kids to Cook

It’s been said that good cooking is an art form. The truth is, it’s much more than that. It’s a way to teach kids vital 21st century skills, such as critical thinking, creativity and collaboration. 

December 30, 2019  

Hackensack Meridian Health Receives 7-Year, $15.8M Grant

Hackensack Meridian Health has received an award from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the amount of $15.8 million to be distributed over seven years to establish the New Jersey Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) Model.

December 30, 2019  

Locked in to Poverty: Impossible Choices Forced on Individuals with Disabilities

Nearly 30 years after the Americans with Disabilities Act first outlawed workplace discrimination on the basis of disability, more disabled people live in poverty than when the law was passed. It’s a complex problem with many factors, but in some cases the very program intended to help disabled people becomes a devastating financial trap.

December 9, 2019  

More Kids on Medicaid to Get Health Care in School

More than a dozen states are finally taking advantage of a five-year-old federal policy change that would make it easier for schools to provide health care to millions of children across the country.

December 9, 2019  

How is smartphone addiction affecting teenagers mental health?

For many of us, our smartphones are now an essential part of our daily lives. And with more children and teenagers owning them than ever before, there has been a rise in concerns about the effects they could be having on young people’s mental health and development.

December 9, 2019  

Monmouth, Ocean Counties In Need Of 'Code Blue' Sites To Host Homeless During Winter

Monarch Housing Associates, an organization working in conjunction with counties to provide heated shelters during "Code Blue" nights, is asking for places to open their doors and show hospitality to the less fortunate in the southern portion of Ocean County, as well as in Freehold and Keansburg in Monmouth County.

December 5, 2019  

More adolescents seek medical care for mental health issues

 In 2018, California ERs treated 84,584 young patients ages 13 to 21 who had a primary diagnosis involving mental health. That is up from 59,705 in 2012, a 42% increase, according to data provided by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.

December 5, 2019  

Holidays on the Autism Spectrum

Overstimulation, demanding social events and disrupted schedules can wreak havoc on the holidays for people on the autism spectrum. This story provides tips for better managing the holidays.

November 25, 2019  

ShopRite opens in 'village' for individuals with special needs

Welcome to LifeTown, where 53,000 square feet of commercial space off Route 10 has been transformed into a simulated "town," where children with special needs can learn and practice essential life skills in an environment designed just for them.

November 11, 2019  

A Teen's Guide To Privacy

How to be a private public person as you’re figuring out how to be an adult.

November 11, 2019  

Remembering Victims Of Domestic Violence

  TOMS RIVER – Memories of those who died as the victim of domestic violence – and greater awareness to the resources available to those facing that trauma – were part of the Silent Witness Project ceremony held recently at the Ocean County Mall.

November 4, 2019  

How To Help A Child Struggling With Anxiety

Here are six takeaways that all parents, caregivers and teachers can add to their anxiety toolkits, including information on how anxiety works, how parents can spot it and how to know when it's time to get professional help.

October 28, 2019  

Teen Vapers Who Want To Quit Look For Help Via Text

My Life My Quit serves Colorado, and is available in 11 other states, as well — Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wyoming.

October 28, 2019  

Teens Share Snapchat Bullying Stories

It’s no secret that Snapchat continues to shape the way young people communicate with one another, but it also has another impact — it also shapes the way they bully each other.