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October 31, 2017

County Clerk announces mobile elections app upgrade

Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon is pleased to announce the upgrade of the free mobile app, Monmouth County Votes, which is available for download in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The app is designed to give voters easy access to all information regarding elections and voting.

October 30, 2017

Family Justice Center Opens in Monmouth County Courthouse

The 180 Turning Lives Around Family Justice Center marked its grand opening at the Monmouth County Courthouse with a ceremony attended by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, State and local officials and members of the community on Thursday, Oct. 26. 

October 24, 2017


There is a significant presence of marijuana candy and other edible forms in New Jersey and nearby states. The presence of these edible forms of marijuana poses a great risk to users, especially to children, who may accidently receive marijuana candy during Halloween. Marijuana candy is illegal in New Jersey. It contains Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the main active ingredient that causes a high. Marijuana candy often imitates hard or gummy candy or chocolate. THC levels in marijuana candy can be as high as 90% compared to 10 to 20% found in marijuana vegetation.

October 19, 2017  

Faith leaders are vital link in the mental health support chain

The association (NAMI) recently launched a data project that is collecting information on faith-based organizations so it can eventually create a database for people to use when looking to join religious or spiritual groups in their community.

October 10, 2017  

Sesame Street in Communities: Traumatic Experiences

When a child endures a traumatic experience, the whole family feels the impact. But adults hold the power to help lessen its effects. Several factors can change the course of kids’ lives: feeling seen and heard by a caring adult, being patiently taught coping strategies and resilience-building techniques, and being with adults who know about the effects of such experiences. Here are ways to bring these factors to life.

September 15, 2017

Commissioner's Message - Preventing Sleeping Related Child Deaths

Some parents believe sleeping with their child keeps the child safe and strengthens the parent-child bond.  While acting out of love, these parents are unknowingly placing their child at risk for injury or death.  An adult can easily rollover and unintentionally suffocate the child in the night.

Yesterday’s NJ Advance Media article highlights co-sleeping’s dangers...

September 14, 2017

Notice of Request for Proposals -Youth Services CC-005-2018

The County of Monmouth invites the submission of written proposals to provide Youth Services administered by the Monmouth County Division of Planning and Contracting – Office of Youth Services Planning for the period of January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018 with two (2) one-year renewal options available. Proposals must be delivered to the Monmouth County Division of Purchasing, 300 Halls Mill Road, 2nd Floor, Freehold, New Jersey 07728, by 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at which time the proposals will be opened and read in public, in the Purchasing Conference Room. Late proposals will not be accepted. Link to RFP #CC-5-2018

September 12, 2017  

Deal Struck to Extend Financing for Children's Health Program

Washington -The Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and the top Democrat on the panel announced on Tuesday night that they had reached agreement on a plan to prevent the imminent exhaustion of federal funds for the Children's Health Insurance Program.

September 1, 2017

Sierra House Reopens The Sierra House Transitional Program for Homeless Youth & Young Mothers

East Orange, NJ (September 2017) - Sierra House is proud to announce the reopening of the Sierra House Transitional Program on September 1, 2017. Founded in 2002, the Sierra House Transitional Program is an award-winning program for homeless youth and young mothers' ages 18 to 25 years old and their children. The new facility is located at 85-89 North 14th Street in East Orange, the former location of Isaiah House's Teen MAP Program.

August 29, 2017  

TED Talk Video: How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime | Nadine Burke Harris

Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.

Many thanks to SAMHSA for forwarding this Youtube video. For more information, please use this link