JFCS facilitates camp counselor training, new programs/ seminars, veterans advocacy in Camden County, and exciting opportunities in funding abound – this week at Samost JFCS! Read on….
- Congrats to Sandy Kabel on running a successful training for counselors of the JCC Camp at Medford. Sandy taught about appropriate boundaries between staff members and campers. Deena Sherman, Assistant Camp Director, raved that it was terrific. Later this week, Sandy will join Anna Pierce, Julie Ferdas, Lauren Butler, and Kerry Krautwald for part II of the training.
- Work on behalf of veterans by our senior department staff continues. Later this week, staff members will attend a veterans workshop regarding service delivery in Camden County sponsored by the Board of Freeholders. In addition, resources for transportation are currently being explored.
- A terrific brainstorming session last week yielded many new and creative ideas for use of the Burlington office including hosting more support groups and service elements at that office. Enhanced PR and marketing will be added into the mix including a panoramic video of the space in order to share its appeal.
- The next Stan Kessler Career and Entrepreneurial Program will be held tonight. Entitled Professional Networking Made Easy, the program will feature guest speakers from the Rutgers-Camden School of Business Kim Richmond (author and adjunct professor) and Samantha Collier (Director of External Affairs). This event will surely be informational and inspirational for guests.
- Our Bereavement Support group for those who have experienced the loss of a child begins tonight.
- Interest from community organizations is percolating for Patient Partners with partnerships and funding opportunities in exploration. In the future, we hope that the program will be seen as a ready and able partner to the many Accountable Care Organizations that exist in SNJ.
Senate Committee Releases Budget Bill
Earlier today, the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committees voted on its FY 2014 budget bill (S-3000), which is sponsored by Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-Hackensack). An identical bill in the Assembly Budget Committee, A-4200, sponsored by Assemblyman Vincent Prieto (D-Secaucus), is expected to be approved late this afternoon. Both bills, which propose a $32.9 billion spending plan that closely resembles Governor Christie’s proposed budget, are scheduled to be reviewed by their respective houses on Monday.
“The good news is that the Legislators agree to preserve behavioral healthcare funding, as Governor Christie proposed in February. In addition, through NJAMHAA’s advocacy, echoed by some other stakeholders, both houses included a one-time Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) of 1 percent,” said NJAMHAA CEO Debra Wentz. “We thank our State Legislators for supporting the preservation of behavioral healthcare funding for children and adults and increases in some areas that were included in Governor Christie’s proposed budget,” Dr. Wentz added.
In relation, the Legislature’s bills propose the following funding:
* In the Department of Human Services (DHS):
o A $49 million reduction of Medicaid payments for inpatient hospital care, prescription drugs and other services, based on trending
o A $24 million reduction in funds for the Managed Care Initiative
o Addition of $200,000 for a Holocaust survivors’ program at Samost Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Southern New Jersey, a NJAMHAA member agency
* Addition of $45,000 for the Department of Children and Families to implement Project S.A.R.A.H. (Stop Abusive Relationships at Home)
* Addition of $1 million for the Department of Education to support anti-bullying initiatives