America Walks is excited to extend another round of community change micro grants to individuals and communities interested in improving the public sphere for walking or otherwise helping to make walking more commonplace.
The examples in this publication identify key partners and additional factors, including the CDC, that have been instrumental to success. Additionally, the state stories highlight challenges and successful strategies used to address them, along with next steps in moving their projects forward and plans for sustainability.
The Council of State Governments Justice Center has released "Dos and Don'ts for Reducing Recidivism Among Young Adults in the Justice System." This resource provides strategies that policymakers and justice system leaders can use to guide policy and practice changes to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for young adults.
Click on the link to the right to download the September edition of the Stigma Free Zone New of New Jersey, a grassroots mental health newsletter.
The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) is recruiting qualified individuals who are deaf, use ASL, are seeking employment and want to take Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) training to learn how to use their personal experience in mental health recovery to help other individuals who are deaf and have mental health needs.
Please click to view all of the resources related to talking to children and assisting your communities' response to mass shootings and other violent events.
Truckers Against Trafficking presents this training on human trafficking and information on how law enforcement can investigate and prosecute this crime.
Thank you to our sponsors Help Inc. and Vigilant Solutions and our partners at iEmpathize for helping to make this training video possible.
The Bergen County Board of Elections is currently recruiting poll workers. This important civic responsibility is open to all registered voters in Bergen County. It is vital to the democratic process to recruit and train reliable poll workers.
This regularly scheduled session provides an opportunity for individuals, families, support coordination agencies, and providers to ask questions, share issues, and get the latest news related to the Division of Developmental Disabilities shift to Fee-for-Service.
Post-secondary scholarship opportunities: National Center for Homeless Education
A message from the Assistive Technology Advocacy Center of Disability Rights New Jersey. Join consumers and professionals for a day of learning and sharing about all areas of Assistive Technology.
This on-site education program is designed to provide first responders with a comprehensive understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia to enhance the effectiveness of their encounters with affected community members.
The Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders has authorized $50,000.00 in funds to promote mental health awareness, wellness and linkages to resources.
The RWJF Culture of Health Prize is an annual competition honoring communities that have placed a priority on health and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments to provide everyone with the opportunity to live well.
Please find the link to the quick online survey about “DD Eligibility Application” for children with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities.
The Program provides services for elderly and functionally impaired person to relieve their caregivers of the stress arising from the responsibility of providing daily care. Services in Bergen County are coordinated by the Bergen County Department of Human Services, Division on Disability Services through funds provided by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.
Law Enforcement Response: De-escalation Techniques for Individuals with Special Needs/Mental Health Issues
Participants will attend a one-day training session designed to prepare them to teach the “Law Enforcement Response to Individuals with Special Needs/Mental Health Issues” training course. The course is designed to enhance the law enforcement officer’s ability to identify citizens dealing with mental health disorders and/or various special needs.
The U.S. is in the midst of an opioid epidemic (PDF, 270 KB), with approximately 12.5 million people who misused prescription opioids and over 33,000 deaths by opioid overdose in 2015. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) recently released a portal on Opiate Addiction and Treatment with links to help health professionals learn more about opioid-related topics:
Professional Task Force for eating disorders meeting.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (The IACP) and the Yale Child Study Center (Yale), with support from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, has launched the Enhancing Police Responses to Children Exposed to Violence: A Toolkit for Law Enforcement. This new toolkit provides practical tools and resources to assist law enforcement agencies in building or enhancing effective operational responses to children exposed to violence (with or without a mental health partner). This toolkit contains tools targeted to police leaders and frontline officers.
The New Jersey Department of Children and Families has now made available a mechanism for relevant professionals delineated in the protocol to statistically report in real-time non-identifying demographic information regarding a student or youth who has either attempted or completed suicide. To view the “Youth Suicide Reporting Form” and the “Protocol for Reporting Youth Suicide Attempt or Completion”, please click on the link http://www.nj.gov/dcf/adolescent/prevention/
Remember it is not uncommon for people to feel sad, confused, anxious or vulnerable during this time. There may even be a combination of feelings which is normal.Have the conversation with your children: ask them what they heard and provide accurate information in language they understand.
Attached is a handout from the National Association of School Psychologists which provides some excellent guidelines for discussion and response whether you are an educator, mental health professional, parent or youth.
People working in health care recognize stress as something that can compromise the wellness of the people they serve. However, health care workers may neglect their own wellness and not realize that an even a greater challenge is to manage their own stress.
In this toolkit, we provide implementers of youth programming a variety of references, resources, and tools on how to use a positive youth development (PYD) approach for evaluating youth-focused programming. A PYD approach to evaluation will measure whether youth are positively engaged in and benefiting from investments that ultimately empower them to develop in healthy and positive ways so that they can contribute to the development of their communities.
Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) has received calls related to immigration and the impact of recent executive orders on undocumented families here in New Jersey. Since ACNJ staff does not have expertise in the immigration arena, we reached out to other organizations and colleagues to find answers to frequently asked questions. Please share these helpful resources to help undocumented families understand their rights.