PerformCare: Primary resource for parents/guardians concerned about child's mental health
The New Jersey Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Council seeks to educate youth and families about resources available for suicide prevention and post-intervention, and to reduce the overall incidents of suicide throughout the State of New Jersey.
Cumberland Regional would like to share the following information regarding the availability of PerformCare as the primary resource for parents/guardians who are concerned about their children's mental health:
The New Jersey Department of Children and Families' Children's System of Care provides all children and adolescents -- regardless of insurance status -- with coordinated access to mental health supports, substance use treatment, and services for intellectual and developmental disabilities. Parents/guardians who reach out to PerformCare will be connected with a live person who can direct them to the level of care needed.
Cumberland County Special Needs Registry
The Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office, in collaboration with the police departments of Bridgeton, Millville, and Vineland, along with the Sheriff’s Department and NJ State Police Barracks serving Cumberland County, are proud to officially announce the public launch of a county-wide Special Needs Registry.
The Cumberland County Special Needs Registry is a no-cost, voluntary service that is open to all persons with special needs who live, work, play, or attend school in Cumberland County. The Special Needs Registry was created to help police officers and other first-responders assist our residents who would need extra assistance in the event of an emergency by making sure that those first on the scene have vital information at their fingertips regarding a registrant’s specific physical or mental impairment, emergency contact information, physical description, current photograph, and any known calming method.
An individual can register themselves, or they can be registered by a caretaker, family member or loved one. If someone is registering an adult other than themselves, they must have that person’s permission or be the legal guardian of the individual they are registering. Registration is easily accomplished through any of these secure weblinks:
- Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office - http://njccpo.org/resource-page/8
- Bridgeton Police Department - https://bpdops.com/special-needs-registry
- Vineland Police Department - http://police.vinelandcity.org/special-needs-registry
Questions? Contact Amy Holmes, Trauma Prevention Coordinator, 856-453-0486, ext. 11116
Free At-Home COVID-19 Testing Kits
Dec. 16, 2021
The NJ Department of Health and Vault Medical Services have partnered to offer a free, at-home COVID-19 saliva test kit that is available to every New Jerseyan who thinks they need a test – even if you don't have symptoms. To order a free test kit, visit learn.vaulthealth.com/nj
The kit will be shipped through UPS with next-day delivery. Once received, you will connect over Zoom with a Vault healthcare professional who will walk you through the test and answer your questions. When complete, the test can be sent back in a prepaid package via UPS next-day shipping. You will receive your test results 24 to 48 hours after your sample arrives at the lab. You will not be charged for the test, and you will not be asked for your credit card information.
How to Take The Test
To take the test, you will need to connect with a Vault collection supervisor online by logging into your online Vault patient portal with the email address or username you used to order the test kit. You will then enter Vault's virtual waiting room during the hours listed below. No appointments needed.
- Sunday-Thursday: 8am – 8pm EST
- Friday: 8am – 6pm EST
- Saturday: 8am – 6pm EST
You will then connect with a collection supervisor on Zoom (download the free version here). Do not open your collection kit before your Zoom session, and DO NOT eat, drink, smoke, or chew anything for 30 minutes before taking the test.
In order to get your results, you must collect your saliva sample while being observed by a Vault collection supervisor. Wait times for a clinician are generally 15 minutes or less. Wait times are longest over the noon hour.
For more information or help ordering a kit, visit learn.vaulthealth.com/nj/.
Dec. 13, 2021
Electric, gas and water utility companies in New Jersey will resume shut off of service in January for customers with unpaid overdue balances.
The NJ Board of Public Utilities (NJ BPU) is trying to get the word out about their utility assistance programs to families behind on their utility bills now, so residents have time to apply for help and bring down their balances before January.
The income limits for these utility assistance programs have been temporarily raised as of Oct. 1 so more families can access assistance they need. For example, a household of four with income at or below $106,000 per year can qualify for monthly credits and energy debt forgiveness through the Universal Service Fund (USF) program.