County to promote shared services and Monmouth ACTS to municipalities

TAPinto.net Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to Shared Services, and Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley, liaison to Human Services and Monmouth ACTS (Assisting Communities Through Services), will be attending municipal council meetings throughout the year to discuss potential shared service agreements, the Monmouth ACTS program and stigma-free resolutions as part of the Shared Services/Monmouth ACTS Roadshow. Read more here.
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Revised Brookdale Nursing Curriculum Better Prepares Graduates to Address Growing Opioid Crisis

InsiderNJ New Jersey’s growing opioid crisis has created knowledge gaps and training challenges for health care professionals. “Addiction is not just a care issue for nurses working in corrections or drug rehab,” says Rosemary Smentkowski, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC, CARN, a psychiatric nurse practitioner certified in addiction nursing, and an adjunct professor at Georgian Court and Monmouth Universities. “Regardless of where they work, all nurses are addictions nurses, and we need to prepare them to identify this disease,” she says, noting that this critical area of study is not yet included in many schools’ curricula. Read more here.
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Monmouth ACTS on “Welcome to SCAN”

SCAN NJ TV This month guest host, Pat Bohse, Executive Director of SCAN sits down with Sue Kiley from the Monmouth Board of Chosen Freeholders to talk about the Monmouth ACTS program. Monmouth ACTS is an important initiative to enhance access to services that are available in the community based on need. Tune in to learn more!
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‘Ready Go’ Evacuation Bags for Seniors, Disabled Available in Belmar on Friday, January 10

TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como Monmouth County will distribute free emergency evacuation bags to seniors and people with disabilities on Friday, January 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Belmar Municipal Building. The “Ready Go” bags contain items that are designed to help individuals decide what to take at a moment’s notice in an emergency or natural disaster. These include checklists for medical conditions and vital documents, a list of emergency contacts, emergency preparedness information for seniors, the disabled and pets, and even a magnifier in case eyeglasses are left behind. Read more here.
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County Organizations Provide Disaster Ready-Go Bags for Vulnerable Populations in Time for Winter Storms

Atlantic Highlands Herald Partners of the Monmouth ACTS initiative are working hard to ensure that some of the most vulnerable members of the population – seniors and people with disabilities – are prepared before winter storms hit. A joint partnership between the Monmouth County Aging Disability Resource Connection and the Monmouth County Senior Advisory Council, in partnership with the Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM), has produced and launched new disaster “Ready-Go” Bags, and are providing them to Monmouth County residents free of charge at several sign up events in coastal communities this early winter season. Read more here.
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‘Ready-Go’ Bags Offered To Seniors, Disabled In Monmouth County

Freehold Patch Senior citizens and people with disabilities are being provided with "ready-go" bags to help them be prepared when a disaster hits that forces people to leave their homes, thanks to a group of Monmouth County organizations. The bags, which are being provided at no charge, are 14 inches by 18 inches and made of blue canvas and are designed for people to think about what they need to take at a moment's notice and gather it into one easy-to-grab bag, a news release from Monmouth ACTS (Assisting Community Through Services), which is a coalition of county organizations and…
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Revamped advisory council will address county’s human services efforts

CentralJersey.com The Monmouth County Board of Freeholders has replaced the Monmouth County Human Services Council with the Monmouth ACTS Advisory Council (MAAC). The freeholders took the action during a meeting on Nov. 26. In a resolution, the freeholders said that “in an effort to continue to improve and enhance the services provided to the community, (the county) commissioned a human services needs assessment to examine the needs of county residents, and the strengths, capabilities and interests of residents and community stakeholders.” Read more here.
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Monmouth ACTS helps connect residents with community garden

CentralJersey.com When administrators at the Freehold Community Garden on Lloyd Street in Freehold Borough noticed a decline in the number of applications for a garden bed, they took action. Gardener Jeanne Patterson tapped into her network with Neighborhood Connections To Health (NCTH), a coalition comprised of individuals who have a vested interest in improving the health and well-being of Freehold residents, to learn more, according to a press release from Monmouth County ACTS (Assisting Community Through Services). Read more here.
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Vaccination Clinics For Manasquan, Belmar Residents

Manasquan-Belmar Patch The Monmouth County Health Department is partnering with the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey Community Health Center (VNACJ CHC) to provide immunizations to Manasquan and Belmar residents during the month of August at multiple health locations. "Every August, the Health Department gets inundated with phone calls from parents about scheduling vaccination appointments for their children before the school year begins," said Freeholder Susan M. Kiley, liaison to MCHD and the Department of Human Services. "The county is thrilled to know that parents are preparing accordingly and adding vaccinations to their back-to-school checklists. Through the county's partnership with…
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