On Monday — the first-time legislators met since early July — the Senate budget committee approved a bill to expand the adult mental health early-intervention system to all 21 counties. Although they are open to any residents, currently only 11 counties operate these services, which are designed to more effectively identify individuals with mental health needs early on and promptly connect them with appropriate treatment.
YMCA of Western Monmouth County, a member of the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance, in collaboration with The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey and Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, is introducing a new initiative designed to encourage and support parents in having meaningful and effective conversations with their children to prevent drug use. For more information about this drug prevention initiative, visit www.ymcanj.org/tcp.
Talking about sex isn’t easy for anyone. For parents, even the idea of talking to kids about sex is uncomfortable. But today we find ourselves in the painful position of having to talk to kids about sexual harassment, and the kind of inappropriate behavior that has become a staple of the news lately. Some of what’s being reported is, frankly, awful.
...A pilot program aims to reach the poorest of New Jersey's children and their families, by visiting the homes of young patients to reinforce the importance of medication and search for environmental asthma triggers.
The program is funded by a private philanthropic organization and will take place in Passaic and Monmouth counties, Trenton and Newark. Its effectiveness will then be evaluated with the hope of expanding such visits statewide.