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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

August 15, 2017

Hometown Non-profit Rebrands to Reflect Growth and Community Impact

Long Branch Concordance Family Success Center has changed to Coastal Communities Family Success Center as of August 1, 2017.  For over 13 years the Family Success Center has been an indispensable part of the community by extending its outreach to families and providers in several counties throughout the New Jersey Coastal region.

July 21, 2017

New Jersey Child Welfare Performance Climbs to New High

“Commissioner, you and your staff should indeed be applauded . . .  .” U.S. District Court Judge Stanley R. Chesler’s comments on the New Jersey Department of Children and Families’ performance, July 19, 2017.

July 20, 2017  

20 Places for Autism-Friendly Entertainment

As recently as five years ago, families with Autism Spectrum Disorder had few options for art and entertainment. It was much easier to stay home than to risk upsetting a child or adult family member with ASD. And when they did venture out, they also risked feeling the cold stares of other guests, who didn't understand autism.

June 27, 2017

Monmouth County Going Mobile in Ocean Twp

The Mobile County Connection office is housed in a large mobile command center and will be rolled out at Ocean Township’s Town Hall located at 399 Monmouth Road, Oakhurst on June 29 from 11am to 2pm

May 2, 2017

Children's System of Care IDD Newsletter

The Children’s System of Care (CSOC) serves children, youth, and young adults with a wide range of challenges associated with emotional and behavioral health, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and substance use. CSOC is committed to providing services based on the individual need of each child and family within a system of care approach that is strength-based, culturally competent, family-centered, and in a community-based environment.