Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Monmouth, and Ocean Counties – Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention was awarded a $2.7 million grant from the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) to deliver school and community-based intervention services to children impacted by Superstorm Sandy in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Services will be available to children year-round, including during summer, winter and spring school recess periods.
According to DCF, it is estimated that about one-third of New Jersey’s primary and secondary school-aged children resided in the Sandy-impacted counties at the time of the storm. State officials anticipate increases in mental health issues, domestic violence, child abuse, and an erosion of family life due to stress associated with recovery in Sandy affected areas.
“In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Barnabas Health made a commitment to be a significant community resource for those impacted by the devastation,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of Barnabas Health, New Jersey’s largest integrated health care delivery system. “We are proud to receive this substantial funding which will help individuals affected and support our mission to keep New Jersey healthy – both physically and emotionally.”
Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention began delivering services on January 1, 2014 under the program’s title, Turning the Tides for Children and Families. “Our professionals are implementing evidence-based approaches to increase resiliency among students, school personnel, parents and caregivers by equipping them with the skills and knowledge to address needs that arise as a result of the storm,” explains Connie Greene, Vice President, Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention. “We are also placing a special focus on activities related to suicide prevention and trauma response.”
For information about programs and services offered by Turning the Tides for Children and Families in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Monmouth and Ocean Counties, please call Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention at 732-914-3815.
About Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention
Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention (IFP) provides comprehensive wellness services to address the social and emotional needs of individuals, children, families and professionals. For more information, or to learn how you can bring IFP’s programs and services to your school, family, agency and/or corporation, please call 732-914-3815 or visit instituteforprevention.com.