Monmouth wants to be ‘stigma-free’ about mental health, addiction

NJ 101.5 In the first seven months of 2020, even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Monmouth County claimed 111 of New Jersey's 1,834 overdose deaths, a number that local lawmakers believe can be driven down if those in danger are made to feel more comfortable talking about their personal demons. That is the idea behind the new Stigma-Free Monmouth website, launched by the county freeholder board along with the Division of Behavioral Health, which was forged by the combination of the county's mental health and addiction services departments. Deputy Freeholder Director Sue Kiley said she and her colleagues kept hearing from constituents that…
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Monmouth County Dishes Out $1.7 Million to Businesses in First Round of CARES Funding

TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como Following last week’s launch of its CARES Economic Assistance Grant program, Monmouth County has approved $1.7 million in funding — with the first round of money already hitting bank accounts of businesses that have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic... For individuals in need of emotional support, Monmouth County offers a hotline staffed by licensed behavioral health professionals from Mental Health Association (MHA) of Monmouth County. Call 732-542-6422 to speak with a professional from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or email mha@mentalhealthmonmouth.org. In recent weeks, there have been an increase of calls to the…
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Coronavirus in Monmouth: County, Grunin Foundation roll out free COVID-19 testing

Asbury Park Press Free coronavirus testing will be offered at six sites across the county where community leaders say residents have had a hard time accessing COVID-19 tests, under a new partnership between Monmouth County and The Grunin Foundation... Freeholder Sue Kiley also urged county residents to continue simple steps to keep COVID-19 at bay: Stay 6 feet apart and wear masks. She also reminded residents to tap into resources available through Monmouth ACTS that can help them navigate issues associated with the pandemic, such as  unemployment benefits, food, child care and job training.  Read more here.
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Monmouth ACTS Launches Financial Recovery Initiative, Freeholder Deputy Director Sue Kiley to Lead

TAPinto Middletown Monmouth ACTS (Assisting Community Through Services) officially launched the Financial Recovery Initiative to help support the financial needs of Monmouth County residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic... The financial impact of the pandemic has been devastating to businesses and residents throughout Monmouth County.  Freeholder Director Thomas Arnone and the Division of Economic Development initiated efforts to help support businesses of all sizes affected by COVID-19. To ensure the financial needs of Monmouth County residents impacted by the virus are also being met, Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley will head-up the County’s financial recovery effort for residents. “Residents have been hit hard…
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Starting Today: Monmouth County Offices Open to Public by Appointment Only

TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como During [a] press conference, Freeholder Deputy Director Susan Kiley announced the launch of the Financial Recovery Initiative (FRI) to help support the financial needs of Monmouth County residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Established through Monmouth ACTS (Assisting Community Through Services) and its Financial Empowerment Hub, the initiative includes a clearinghouse that will provide residents with access to information about public-private programs and benefits that are available through its anchor organizations. “Residents have been hit hard by COVID-19 - from loss of employment and income to food insecurity and more,” said Kiley, liaison to the county’s health…
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Monmouth ACTS Launches Financial Recovery Initiative

Task Force Members Announced Today, Monmouth ACTS (Assisting Community Through Services) officially launched the Financial Recovery Initiative to help support the financial needs of Monmouth County residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Recognizing that the financial impact of the pandemic was going to be devastating to businesses and residents throughout the County, Freeholder Director Thomas Arnone and the Division of Economic Development initiated efforts to help support businesses of all sizes affected by COVID-19. To ensure the financial needs of Monmouth County residents impacted by the virus are also being met, Freeholder Director Arnone tasked Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M.…
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Monmouth County freeholders provide updates on COVID-19 situation

CentralJersey.com Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley provided an update on the activities of the Monmouth ACTS (Assisting Communities Through Services) group, according to the press release. “We have 75,327 individuals in Monmouth County who have filed for unemployment since March 21,” said Kiley. “Through the Financial Hub, we are focusing on assisting them with job training, resources, child care and financial coaching to help our residents get back to work and financial health as soon as possible.” Read more here.
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Monmouth County officials provide updates on COVID-19 situation; July 7 Primary Election

InsiderNJ Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley spoke about Monmouth ACTS (Assisting Communities Through Services) and the continued support the public-private partnership offers residents. “The Monmouth ACTS group continues to work diligently to create solutions for residents such as the resource guide to find basic essentials, child care options and a program to support the financial health of our residents,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Kiley, liaison to Human Services. Read more here.
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Freeholders provide updates on COVID-19 situation

The Link News Freeholder Deputy Director Kiley spoke about the continued ways that Monmouth ACTS is working to address human services needs, including the creation of the Financial Recovery Initiative geared towards providing financial resources and guidance for our residents and small businesses. Read more here. “The County’s Division on Aging, Disabilities and Veterans Services has continued to update the online COVID-19 Pandemic Resource Guide, available at MonmouthACTS.org/covid19,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Kiley. “Within the last week, information has been posted regarding resources including facemasks, transportation and additional food resources that deliver and offer meals for residents with dietary restrictions…
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Monmouth ACTS Responds to County’s COVID-19 Needs

Freehold Patch As human service needs caused by the COVID-19 crisis expand daily, Monmouth ACTS (Assisting Community Through Services) is working aggressively to identify the most pressing issues throughout Monmouth County and the most effective ways to communicate critical services and support systems to residents. Monmouth ACTS, a public-private initiative to promote and enhance access to human services, is organizing supports available to residents struggling under the restrictions posed by the statewide stay-at-home order. The County employees and their counterparts in the private sector, who comprise Monmouth ACTS, are identifying issues that can be resolved by the initiative's working groups,…
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