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Children's Behavioral Health Resource Fair on May 7th

Woodbury, NJ--Gloucester County will participate in National Childrens Mental Health Awareness Day, Thriving in the Community, on May 7, 2009 by hosting a Resource Fair at the Bankbridge Regional High School, 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

The Resource Fair is designed to assist parents and families of Gloucester County in their quest to secure behavioral health services for children ages 5-17.  On hand will be state and county departments as well as agencies that are dedicated to improving the life of these children.  Families will be able to talk one-on-one for solutions to their childs everyday behavioral health issues.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that in recent years nearly 25 percent of youth aged 12 to 17 received treatment or counseling for emotional or behavioral problems. It is likely that a similar percentage in Gloucester County also have mental health needs.

Through innovative approaches Gloucester County helps advise on the mental health needs of children, youth, and families, said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney.  National Childrens Mental Health Awareness Day is an opportunity for the community to better inform and understand the value of its investment in innovative approaches to meeting the mental health needs of children, youth, and families, Sweeney stated.

Underscoring how communities can help children, youth, and families thrive, The Gloucester County Inter-Agency Coordinating Council (CIACC) strives to ensure a seamless array of services and serves as the county mechanism to advise the NJ Department of Children and Family on the development and maintenance of a responsive, accessible, and integrated system of care for children, youth and young adults with emotional and behavioral challenges and their families, through the involvement of parents, children, youth and young adults, child-serving agencies, and community representatives.

The Gloucester CIACC is a committee made up of state and local government members, local behavioral health system partners, and parents of children that are or have been involved in the behavioral health System of Care.  

Freeholder Warren S. Wallace, Liaison to the Department of Human Services, serves on the Gloucester CIACC. 

Working with local school systems has proved to be a valuable asset to assist families stated Wallace.  Through an enhanced coordination of system partners the Council helps identify service and resource priorities and gaps so that children and families receive a full-spectrum of resources to fulfill their needs, stated Wallace.

About the Fair
The Resource Fair will allow children and their families to discuss solutions one on one with state and local mental health experts.

Gloucester County Resources Scheduled to participate at the Fair:
Care Management Organization (CMO)
Family Support Organization (FSO)
Youth Case Management (YCM)
Mobile Response and Stabilization Services (MRSS)
Underwood and Kennedy Hospitals Screening Centers
Various Private Behavioral Health Agencies
Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS)
NJDCBHS Contracted Service Administrator (Value Options)
Gloucester County Division of Social Services
NJ Medicaid and Family Care Plan Specialists
NJ Association of School Social WorkersGloucester County Chapter