The SHAre:

May 30, 2024

Volume: 293

In this Week's Edition


In-Person SHA Member Meeting - June 5th


NJ DHS Commissioner Adelman Announces

Two New Deputy Commissioners:

Valerie Mielke for Health Services

and Michael J. Wilson for Social Services


New from HUD:

Funding Navigator, Build for the Future Natural Hazard Map, Extreme Heat Resources, Guidance, and Webinars


New Tool Helps Continuums of Care

with Data Accuracy for HMIS


ACL Releases 2023 Profile of Older Americans


Reminder: Irregular SSI Payment Schedule


Register for The Network's Annual Legislative Day

June 13, 2024


The Link Center Launches to Support People with Co-occurring Mental Health Conditions and Disabilities


NJHMFA Update:

Multifamily Underwriting Guidelines and Financing Policy


NJ Office of the Food Security Advocate

Launches New Website


Spring 2024 Access Link Customer Satisfaction Survey


nTIDE May 2024 Deeper Dive:

Youth with Disabilities Show Gradual

Employment Growth Spanning Years Since Pandemic


Bridgeway Behavioral Health Services

Welcoming Older Adults for Outpatient Counseling


Request for Applications 2024 NJ Integrated Population Health Data Project


Important Voting Reminders in New Jersey


NCI State of the Workforce Survey Reminder

Resources & Events

Annual Meeting

Leading Age New Jersey and Delaware

June 4-6, 2024

Register Today!


HHRC Webinar: Introduction to Hoarding Disorder

June 5, 2024


HUD Innovative Housing Showcase Educational Sessions

June 6-7, 2024


Apprenticeship and Grant Programs

Webinar for Direct Care Workers

June 10, 2024


Individualized Rehabilitation Plan (IRP) Development Workshop to CSS staff

June 26, 2024


Suicide Prevention Webinar Schedule 2024

July - September, 2024


New Jersey Mental Health Institute Leadership Academy for Behavioral Healthcare Professionals

Apply by July 15, 2024 for Sept 2024 Start

Jobs Available

Triple C Housing is seeking candidates for a Housing and Leasing Coordinator

Applicants can respond directly to Shelly Liick, Human Resources Specialist at


Bergen County, is seeking a new Program Development Specialist, Aging in the County of Bergen Department of Human Services – Division of Senior Services. Applicants should email – and put "Program Development Specialist, Aging" in subject line

Save the Date


Next SHA

Members Meeting

June 5, 2024

In Person


Next SHA

Developers Meeting

July 8, 2024



Annual Meeting

Leading Age New Jersey and Delaware

June 4-6, 2024

Caesar's Atlantic City

Registration Open


New Jersey Future New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association 

Conference June 5-7

Registration Open


Governor's Conference on Housing and Economic Development

Atlantic City

September 17-18. 2024

Registration Open


Save the Date!

SHA's 26th

Annual Conference

November 15, 2024

The Palace, Somerset, NJ


Housing Available


Apply Now


Apply by June 18th


Apply by June 25th


Apply by June 25th


Apply by July 8th


Apply by July 15th


Apply by August 21st

New Neuro-inclusive Housing

Join Parents With A Plan and the Rutgers Center for Adult Autism team for an informational session about Thrive Red Bank and the process for potential residents at No Limits Cafe, 418 Rt 35, Red Bank, NJ 07701 on Tuesday, June 11 at 6:00 pm. Thrive Red Bank is a consumer controlled, private pay, neuroinclusive 32 unit apartment building. The session kicks off the application & assessment process. Visit for more information.

Application portal will be available starting June 12, 2024.

SHA Member Shout Outs

SHA applauds the recent announcement by New Jersey Community Capital of an ambitious five-year, $1 billion growth strategy developed to drive equity and opportunity in underserved communities. The community development financial institution, or CDFI, is not only accelerating its mission to finance and develop affordable housing, small businesses and school and child care facilities, but expanding its geographic focus to serve eligible communities nationwide.

SHA Welcomes New & Returning

Members In 2024

7TH & Madison

Extensions of Empowerment


B&A Realty Management, LLC

Career Opportunity Development Inc.

Champion Learning LLC

Housing Authority

City of Elizabeth

JDL Development


Our House


SOBA New Jersey

Become a SHA Member and get access to great meetings and many other great member benefits. Need more information? Email Joseph Christensen with your questions.

Registration Open - SHA In-Person Member Meeting

June 5, 2024 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

State Updates


Topics and Guest Speakers:

Federal Opportunities for Investment in Communities and Housing

Justin Scheid

NJ Field Office Director

US Department of Housing and Urban Development 


Money Follows the Person

Amy Brown

LTCO Policy Director

Advocacy Director for I Choose Home NJ (ICHNJ)

NJ Long-Term Care Ombudsman

Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a terrific program that supports independence for older adults and people with disabilities by increasing the availability of home and community based services and reducing the reliance on institutional services. It is also highly successful, especially in New Jersey. In February 2024, CMS submitted a report to Congress on best practices for MFP and highlighted New Jersey as one of the states leading the way in administering this program. 


And More!

SHA Members should save the date and join us in Trenton on June 5, 2024. Meeting details will be sent to registered attendees.

All attendees must RSVP to Joseph ChristensenWe must provide a list of attendees in advance to building security to confirm that you will be granted entry. Also, SHA provides excellent box lunches and we need to know how many to order.

These meetings are reserved for SHA Members.

Not a member? Email Joseph Christensen

to join and earn SHA member benefits.


NJ DHS Commissioner Adelman Announces Two New Deputy Commissioners:

Valerie Mielke for Health Services and Michael J. Wilson for Social Services

(TRENTON) - Commissioner Sarah Adelman announced two new Deputy Commissioners will join NJ Human Services’ senior leadership team to oversee medical and behavioral health services, social services and emergency management. Valerie Mielke, MSW, current Assistant Commissioner, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), will take on the role of Deputy Commissioner for Health Services; and Michael J. Wilson, former Executive Director of Baltimore-based Maryland Hunger Solutions, will serve as Deputy Commissioner for Social Services.

In her new position, Valerie Mielke will oversee DMHAS, as well as the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services, which manages the NJFamilyCare (Medicaid) health insurance program. Deputy Commissioner Mielke has been with the state for 20 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fairfield University and a Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University.

Wilson previously worked with state agencies on the Supplemental Nutrition Association Program and the Women, Infants and Children program. He also served in the U.S. Department of Labor in the Clinton Administration, where he helped administer the Family and Medical Leave Act and laws regarding minimum wage and overtime. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University. In his new role, Wilson will oversee the Division of Family Development, Office of New Americans and Office of Emergency Management.

New from HUD: Funding Navigator, Build for the Future Natural Hazard Map, Extreme Heat Resources, Guidance, and Webinars

Natural Hazard Map to Connect with Funding Opportunities

The interactive Natural Hazard Map is a customized tool that integrates information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA's) National Risk Index (NRI) and the Build for the Future Funding Navigator.

Explore the map to see more information about your community’s risk ratings for each of these 18 natural hazards and to view a pre-filtered list of funding opportunities that can help build resilience to the hazards your community faces.

Extreme Heat Quick Guide and Resources

The Extreme Heat Quick Guide, a technical assistance (TA) product developed by Enterprise and Arcadis, provides HUD grantees and community partners with guidance to evaluate their community’s vulnerability to extreme heat events, plan for extreme heat events, and implement local mitigation strategies to enhance resilience.

This quick guide can be found on the new Extreme Heat page on the HUD Exchange, a centralized library of TA guidance, resources, and tools related to extreme heat. Explore the links on this page to learn about extreme heat and the risks it may present to local communities, plan for extreme heat events, and identify actions that can be taken to mitigate the impacts of extreme heat.

Build for the Future Guidance Series

HUD has developed a guidance series to provide more information about the topics and opportunities featured on the Build for the Future page and the Funding Navigator. Topics include energy efficiency, benchmarking, climate resilience, new opportunities under the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA's) Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, and more!

Energy Efficiency Finance Foundations Webinar Series

Join DOE and Berkeley Lab this summer for a six-part webinar series, Energy Efficiency Finance Foundations. This series will support participants in navigating "finance speak," knowing what questions to ask, and strengthening public sector knowledge of energy efficiency financing tools to successfully prepare for building energy upgrades.

Starting on June 20, 2024, the series will span six weeks with each session lasting about an hour. Sessions will cover funding and financing structures, how to engage with stakeholders, and more. This webinar series is designed for public sector energy professionals, sustainability and facility managers, and finance officials seeking to deploy energy efficiency upgrades with the aid of financing. Register for the webinar series.

New Tool Helps Continuums of Care

with Data Accuracy for HMIS

Eva is a web-based tool that can help Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Administrators in Continuums of Care (CoCs) assess the accuracy and completeness of the data collected in their community’s HMIS.

Demo Mode allows users to explore the functionality of Eva with a pre-uploaded HMIS CSV Export file that uses sample HMIS data. When users switch to Eva’s Demo Mode, sample data is uploaded to Eva. Users are then able to access the full functionality of Eva including viewing visualizations, downloading exports and viewing examples of possible File Structure Errors, Data Quality Errors, and Warnings. Demo Mode also offers more instruction as users explore the tool.

Access Eva here

Additional Resources

Visit the Eva page for additional resources, including the Eva Quick Start Guides that provide more general information on Eva and how Eva can help you to review your HMIS data quality.

ACL Releases 2023 Profile of Older Americans

The Profile of Older Americans is a summary of the available statistics related to the older population in the United States. Principal sources of data are the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Center for Health Statistics, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Profile illustrates the shifting demographics of Americans 65 and older. It includes key topic areas such as future population growth, marital status, living arrangements, income, employment, and health.

Highlights from the Profile

  • In 2022, 31.9 million women and 25.9 million men were 65 or older.
  • People 65 and older represented 17.3% of the population in the year 2022. That percentage is expected to grow to 22% by 2040.
  • Of older adults 65 and older living in the community, 59% lived with their spouse/partner in 2023. About 28% lived alone.
  • States with the highest percentage of populations 65 and older in 2022 were Maine, Florida, Vermont, and West Virginia.
  • The 2022 median income of older people was $29,740 ($37,430 for men and $24,630 for women).
  • In 2023, 11.2 million Americans age 65 and older were in the labor force (working or actively seeking work).

The Profile incorporates the latest data available. Not all data are updated annually.

Reminder: Irregular SSI Payment Schedule

The SSI payment usually occurs on the first weekday of the month. However, multiple irregular payments are scheduled for the remainder of this year. You may receive two payments or none in certain months per the Social Security Administration’s Schedule of Benefit Payments for 2024.


  • 2 payments in May (May 1 and 31)
  • NO payment in June;
  • 1 payment on July 1;
  • 2 payments in August
  • (August 1 and 30);
  • NO payment in September;
  • 1 payment on October 1;
  • 2 payments in November (November 1 and 29); and
  • NO payment in December


SSI recipients should make sure that their resources will remain under $2,000 in June, September, and December.

Register for The Network's Annual Legislative Day June 13, 2024

Registration is open for the Network’s annual Legislative Day on Thursday, June 13, 2024. This is the day Network members from around the state head to the State House to advocate for our HouseNJ budget and policy priorities (see below for details). It’s also a way to interact with elected officials as you represent your communities and organizations!


The Network is working to schedule in-person visits with legislators on the 13th, so it’s important to know in advance which members from each district will be with us. We are also scheduling a news conference at the State House steps at noon, and will attend committee hearings at the State House as we wear our burgundy Network T-shirts and fight for housing justice!


Much more to come, but if you haven’t yet, please register today and thank you! 

Click here to register for the Annual Legislative Day

The Link Center Launches to Support People with Co-occurring Mental Health Conditions and Disabilities

To best serve people with co-occurring mental health conditions and other disabilities, we must break down these silos and collaborate across systems to provide holistic treatment and support. That is why ACL created The Link Center. Led by four national organizations representing directors of the state agencies that provide I/DD, mental/behavioral health, and brain injury services, The Link Center focuses on building partnerships and facilitating information-sharing across systems.

The center also works with federal partners to improve support for people with co-occurring disabilities to live in the community. For example, SAMHSA recently partnered with ACL to fund The Link Center’s policy academy on ensuring an inclusive 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline response. SAMHSA’s 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline provides free, confidential support and referrals to resources to people experiencing mental health crises. As states are building robust 988 systems, there is a growing recognition of the need to ensure these services are available to everyone, including people with I/DD, brain injuries, and people who cannot rely on speech alone for communication. The Link Center’s policy academy is providing technical assistance to six states to support cross-system collaboration that ensures 988 is responsive to community needs.

In addition, the center maintains an online library of resources, models, and promising practices on a variety of topics to support people with disabilities and their families, advocates and allies, policymakers, direct support professionals, and clinical professionals in improving the lives of people with co-occurring disabilities.

For example, The Link Center’s Adaptive Strategies Video Series features adaptations clinicians can make to evidence-based interventions like cognitive and dialectical behavior therapies to better serve people with both mental health conditions and other disabilities.

NJHMFA Update:

Multifamily Underwriting Guidelines and Financing Policy

The Multifamily Underwriting Guidelines and Financing Policy were amended effective May 9, 2024. Revisions include updates to the fee schedule.


Please use the link below to view the updated guidelines.

Click here to view the updated guidelines

Questions? Need Help? 

For additional information on the terms of this financing, please contact Donna Spencer, Director of Multifamily Supportive Housing and Lending Division, at


For more information on our programs, visit:

NJ Office of the Food Security Advocate

Launches New Website

The NJ Office of the Food Security Advocate (OFSA) is rooted in the ways we value community, and the visionary charge and mission of our office. Our new logo and website,, reflect the intentionality with which we approach our work.

About the OFSA website: The website was developed with residents and neighbors, including youth, students, working families, and older adults, plus communities, researchers, grant makers and decision-makers all in mind. It serves as a convenient place to: 

Spring 2024 Access Link Customer Satisfaction Survey

If you use Access Link paratransit service, NJ Transit wants your feedback! NJ Transit invites Access Link paratransit users to complete the Spring 2024 Access Link Customer Satisfaction Survey. The survey can be completed on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or smart phone.

Click here to fill out the Access Link Customer Survey

People who complete the Access Link survey and provide their contact information will earn 250 NJ Transit (NJT) Rewards points and will also be entered into an NJ Transit drawing to win a Free Monthly Pass or $100 Gift Card. 

nTIDE May 2024 Deeper Dive: Youth with Disabilities Show Gradual Employment Growth Spanning Years Since Pandemic

East Hanover, NJ: From 2009 through 2024, youth and young adults with disabilities have experienced considerable fluctuations in employment, particularly during major economic downturns such as the Great Recession and the COVID-19 pandemic. But notably, the 25–34 age group has demonstrated significant post-COVID recovery, outpacing other age groups. In contrast, individuals aged 16–24 experienced a slower recovery, only recently surpassing their pre-COVID peak, according to the latest findings from the National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Deeper Dive.

Bridgeway Behavioral Health Services Welcoming Older Adults for Outpatient Counseling

Older adults experiencing depression or anxiety, or need help for substance use can find the support they need at Bridgeway.

Our Outpatient Services for Older Adults are designed to make you feel at ease. •Telephone and online telehealth sessions if you prefer not to do an in-person visit.

•Rapid access with no red tape.

•All insurances including Medicaid, Medicare accepted. No one is turned away due to lack of insurance.

You may have difficulty due to the loss of a loved one, living with a chronic illness, or feeling a loss of your independence or purpose in your life. We want to help you feel well again!

Access Bridgeway Services by calling: 877-692-5664 or emailing

Request for Applications 2024 NJ Integrated Population Health Data Project

The latest cycle is now open for the Request for Applications (RFA) in 2024 for the New Jersey Integrated Population Health Data (iPHD) Project.

In this cycle, applicants can apply for access to any of the five data sets currently available through the iPHD. Only self-pay applications, where applicants pay the data access fees, will be considered for this cycle.

Click here to view the Request for Applications

All applicants must submit a brief, non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) to the iPHD Project ( by June 5th, 2024. Full applications are then due by July 3rd, 2024.

You may also contact Manisha Agrawal, Senior Research Analyst at CSHP, at with any questions.

Important Voting Reminders in New Jersey

SHA thanks the Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman (LTCO) for putting together the following helpful resources and reminders as New Jersey prepares for primaries and the general election this year.

Voting is a fundamental right, and living in a long-term care facility does not take it away from you. If you are a U.S. citizen aged 18 or older, you are most likely eligible to vote in the municipality where your long-term care home is located.


At the Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman (LTCO), we are committed to helping you exercise your rights. Download our Voting Guide at NJ.GOV/LTCO.


Registered voters in New Jersey can cast their ballots in one of three ways: 1) by mail; 2) in person during early voting; or 3) in person on Election Day. If you plan to vote in person, find out now if your facility will offer transportation or if you need a reliable friend or family member to drive you to the polls.

First things first: Are you registered?


Visit VOTE.NJ.GOV to look up your current registration status or learn how to submit voter registration applications online, by mail, or in person.


2024 Election Overview


In the June primary election, New Jersey voters affiliated with the Democrat and Republican parties will select their party’s candidates for the November general election. In the general election, New Jersey voters will elect a U.S. Senator and 12 U.S. Representatives, in addition to casting ballots for President. 

Key dates

Primary Election: June 4

—Registration Deadline: May 14 (Passed)

—Early Voting: May 29 – June 2 (In-Progress)

General Election: Nov. 5

—Registration Deadline: Oct. 15

—Early Voting: Oct. 26 – Nov. 3

Visit VOTE.NJ.GOV for polling locations, details on early voting, or instructions for completing and returning vote-by-mail ballots.

DDD Update:

NCI State of the Workforce Survey

The National Core Indicators® State of the Workforce Survey is open through June 30, 2024 and participation by as many eligible providers as possible is critical to ensure valid results. Email invitations were sent to eligible DDD providers – to the provider email address on file in iRecord – on March 5, with follow-up invitations sent on April 26.

If your agency has not received an invitation to participate, please contact as soon as possible.

The data collected through this annual survey helps us examine and respond to challenges in New Jersey’s Direct Support Professional workforce serving adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. To learn more, visit National Core Indicators® or see our NCI State of the Workforce Overview.

Resources & Virtual Forums

Registration Open for Annual Meeting

Leading Age New Jersey and Delaware

June 4-6, 2024 | Caesar's Atlantic City

This Meeting will focus on empowering you to develop the courage to overcome obstacles, take risks, and pursue your goals with confidence.

All it takes is one courageous idea, one person or one conversation to ignite something bigger. That’s exactly what happens when dedicated aging services professionals across our state gather at the LeadingAge New Jersey & Delaware Annual Meeting+ EXPO.

Whether you’re a seasoned leader or brand new to the field, LeadingAge New Jersey & Delaware is the place where you will engage with our field’s pioneers, thought leaders and innovators who have fearlessly pushed boundaries, disrupted norms, and ignited courageous actions to shape our future.

Explore innovative and courageous ways to redefine your work.

HHRC Webinar: Introduction to Hoarding Disorder

June 5, 2024 | 2:00-3:30pm Eastern Time

This webinar on hoarding disorder among homeless-experienced individuals includes an overview of hoarding disorder, assessment methods, treatment approaches, and clinical tips. Attendees will hear from a panel of subject matter experts with experience with hoarding disorder and have the opportunity to ask questions before and during the session. 


  • Dr. Jack Tsai, PhD (Moderator), Associate Professor Adjunct of Psychiatry; Research Director, National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans; Director, Yale Division of Mental Health Services and Treatment Outcomes Research
  • Dr. Astrea Greig, PsyD, Instructor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance
  • Dr. Frances Mathieu, PsyD, LICSW, Associate Director of Behavioral Health, Pine Street Inn
  • Miriam Beyer, LCSW, Director, Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC), San Francisco VA Medical Center
  • Taylor Doan, LICSW, Crisis Support Clinician, Pine Street Inn

Click here to register for the webinar

HUD Innovative Housing Showcase Educational Sessions


HUD’s Office of Policy Development & Research invites you to join hybrid panel discussions on housing innovation including individual sessions on offsite construction, building codes, manufactured housing, decarbonization, zoning, public and multifamily housing, resilience, and finance. Sessions will feature dynamic discussions between leaders across the public, private, and government sectors, with a special focus on the cross-sector collaborations needed to seed and scale innovative approaches to creating more abundant, affordable, and sustainable housing for all Americans.

The two-day program will kick off HUD’s annual Innovative Housing Showcase (IHS). The 2024 IHS will be held on the National Mall and is a public event to raise awareness of innovative and affordable housing designs and technologies.

Please register at to attend the sessions in person or via webcast. The sessions will be held at the District Architecture Center (421 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004).

See below for the full schedule of sessions and panels.

Day 1: Thursday, June 6

Session 1: Innovation in Housing Construction and Innovation in Building Codes

9:30-11:30 am: Scaling Offsite Construction for Housing Supply, Affordability and Resilience, MOD X

  • Panel 1: Regulatory Reform and System Certification for Offsite Housing
  • Panel 2: Financing Construction of Offsite Housing
  • Panel 3: Sustainability and Resilience of Offsite Housing

11:30-1:00 pm: Housing Innovation through Codes & Standards: Insights from State and Local Governments and Manufacturers, International Code Council (ICC)

  • Fireside Chat: Delivering Innovations in Building Science Through Codes and Standards
  • Panel 1: Addressing Housing Affordability and Availability Through Offsite Construction
  • Panel 2: Bringing Innovative Materials and Products to Market

Session 2: Innovation in Manufactured Housing and Innovation for Decarbonization

1:30-3:00 pm: The Past, Present, and Future of Manufactured Housing, Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI)

  • Panel 1: Today's Manufactured Home - The Range of Homes Constructed to the Federal Residential Building Code
  • Panel 2: Delivering HUD Code Innovation to More Communities
  • Fireside Chat: Outlook for the Future - How the 50 Year Partnership with HUD Can Continue to Support Innovation and Expand Attainable Homeownership

3:00-5:00 pm: Building Decarbonization and Affordable Energy Efficiency, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

  • Panel 1: Building Decarbonization Research & Development
  • Panel 2: Deploying Decarbonization Programs in Communities
  • Fireside Chat: Where Efficiency & Affordability Meet

Day 2: Friday, June 7

Session 1: Zoning Innovation and Innovation in Public and Multifamily Housing

9:30-11:30 am: Boosting Housing Supply through Zoning and Land Use Innovation, Ivory Innovations

  • Panel 1: Increasing Supply and Affordability through Zoning and Land Use Reform
  • Fireside Chat: Promoting Innovation through HUD's PRO Housing Program

11:30-1:00 pm: Improving Resident Experiences through Innovation in Public and Multifamily Housing, National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC)

  • Panel 1: Improving and Expanding Public Housing through Innovation
  • Panel 2: Innovation in Multifamily Development and Resident Experience

Session 2: Innovation in Resilient Design and Financing and Scaling Innovation

1:30-3:00 pm: Innovations in Resilient Design through Community Planning and Technical Assistance, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

  • Panel 1: Innovation through Community Resilience Planning
  • Panel 2: Community Led Innovation in Resilient Design

3:00-5:00 pm: Financing and Scaling Housing Innovation, Terner Center for Housing Innovation

  • Panel 1: Financing Construction Innovation at Scale
  • Panel 2: Aligning Climate and Housing Action to Scale Housing Supply

Click here to register for these HUD sessions

Apprenticeship and Grant Programs Webinar for Direct Care Workers

June 10, 2024 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM ET

What: A virtual event discussing apprenticeship and grants programs for New Jersey’s direct care workers (i.e., CHHAs, CNAs, DSPs). We’ll have presentations from NJ’s Department of Labor on their programs and the resources they have to help employers apply for them, a panel of direct care employers discussing how they have used these programs, and a presentation on the DSP Career Development Program. There’ll be time for Q&A after each presentation.

Why: To connect direct care employers with apprenticeship and grant funding to attract and retain direct care workers.

Click here to register for the webinar


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  • If you can’t make the event but would like to see it, register and we’ll send you a recording.
  • To learn more about the Essential Jobs, Essential Care NJ coalition, please see our landing page and sign up for our coalition.

Individualized Rehabilitation Plan (IRP) Development Workshop to CSS staff

Wednesday, June 26th, 2024 | 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

The Rutgers School of Health Professions (SHP) is offering an Individualized Rehabilitation Plan (IRP) Development Workshop to CSS staff who develop and complete IRPs (e.g., licensed staff and RNs). Participants will meet with SHP CSS staff (Crystal, Emilie, and Earle) and other CSS staff who complete IRPs to ask for and receive feedback during the workshop.

This 2.5 hour workshop is designed for CSS staff who develop and submit plans to the IME. The workshop is interactive, and participants must bring a de-identified IRP they have authored. We cannot review or give feedback on an IRP authored by another clinician. We suggest bringing an IRP in development or that has previously been submitted and received feedback but is not currently on hold to discuss and review.

This will be entirely practice-based, and participants must be willing to bring a de-identified plan and provide feedback to others. Participants will work in small groups led by a SHP CSS staff. Each participant will present their plan, ask questions, and receive feedback and suggestions from those in their group. CSS programs should limit registration to 1 to 2 staff. 

The CSS IRP Development Workshop will be remote and held live through Zoom on Wednesday, June 26th, from 10:00 am until 12:30 pm. Space is limited, so licensed staff and RN’s should register as soon as possible. Registration information must be for the staff attending the training. 

Click here to register for the IRP Training

Suicide Prevention Webinar Schedule 2024

The NJ Adult Suicide Prevention Committee would like to offer free trainings for

suicide prevention and the distribution of new topics, data, resources, and services

made available for NJ residents.

All sessions are virtual and presented between 1:00-3:00 PM on the listed day.


Speaker: Dr. Michael Anestis

Addressing the role of firearms in suicide and potential interventions

September 4, 2024 - 988 SUICIDE & CRISIS LIFELINE

Speaker: Mary Jean Weston

An overview and update of the new nationwide 3-digit dialing code for suicide prevention, mental health and substance use crisis.

New Jersey Mental Health Institute Leadership Academy for Behavioral Healthcare Professionals

Applications for Mentees, Mentors, and Coaches Are Due July 15, 2024.


Your Staff and Organizations Will Gain Tremendous Benefit!

* Reinforce staff retention and your organization’s long-term sustainability!

* Apply to serve as mentors and encourage your staff to participate as mentees! 

Click here for the Mentor Fact Sheet and here for the application.

* Encourage your colleagues in other industries to apply to serve as coaches!

Click here for the Coach Fact Sheet and here for the application.

Future Leaders:

Gain the Knowledge, Skills and Guidance you Need to Succeed in your Career Advancement!


* Each of you will be matched with a mentor from the

behavioral healthcare field and a coach from another industry to benefit from their diverse expertise, perspectives and experiences!

* You will have monthly sessions, either in person or virtual, with your coaches and mentors!

* Plus, NJMHI will host additional presentations to further enhance the value of your Academy

experience and expand your future career potential! 


Click here for the Mentee Fact Sheet and here for the application.

Apply by July 15, 2024 for the third

cohort that will begin in September.

Click here for all program details and applications.

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