Today’s young adults face constant stressors and pressures—from school, peers and families. If the pressure is too much, harm can occur. The Family Guidance Center’s Crisis team stands ready to provide immediate assistance and resources to children, teens, adults and senior citizens throughout Warren County who may be experiencing a mental health crisis. Our Crisis hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You’ll speak to a trained counselor whenever you call—never an answering service. We stand ready to give you or a loved one the help and hope you may need. Call (908) 454-5141.
On January 14, 2020, the Institute for Prevention and Treatment launched its first-ever continuing education course in psychopharmacology at Warren County Community College in Washington, N.J. Led by Dr. Raymond Mero, D.O., a staff psychiatrist of the Family Guidance Center of Warren County, the course presented a comprehensive review of the fundamentals of psychopharmacology and practical information on the benefits, side effects and common drug interactions. Dr. Mero also addressed the several classes of psychopharmacology for the various psychiatric categories of illness, including anxiety, affective disorders, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders.
31 participants attended this conference from throughout the region, including the Family Guidance Center of Warren County, the Warren County Department of Human Services, a private practice, Catholic Charities and Merck & Co. All participants received 4 CEUs at the completion of the conference.
A second course on psychopharmacology will be offered in May, and the Institute is planning to present a seven-hour course on crisis intervention in the coming months. Visit the the Institute for Prevention and Treatment website for complete information and to register for conferences as they become available!
On January 8, 2020, the Family Guidance Center of Warren County’s Washington office was honored to welcome New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and other top state officials for a panel discussion on the Murphy administration’s plan to combat the opioid crisis. Click on the video to view the entire presentation detailing current statistics and hear the collaborative efforts state agencies are implementing to tackle this issue, which affects individuals and families right here in Warren County.
Governor Murphy announced preliminary 2019 year-end opioid statistics for New Jersey and reaffirmed his commitment to ending the opioid epidemic through a collaboration across several state departments and agencies. Murphy’s approach includes increasing access to prevention and treatment programs in our communities and supporting individuals in recovery. Governor Murphy announced that the preliminary 2019 year-end data shows the loss of 3,021 New Jerseyans to suspected overdose deaths. That would be a 3% decrease in the number of individuals lost compared to 2018. Additionally, he announced a decline in the number of opioids prescribed statewide.
The Attorney General and Commissioners of Health, Human Services, Corrections and other administration leadership outlined their efforts in the response to the opioid crisis.
For more information on the governor’s administration’s efforts, click here.
SAMHSA’s underage drinking prevention campaign helps parents and caregivers start talking to their children early about the dangers of alcohol. If you are interested in receiving more information please go to the Prevention Connections www.preventionconnectionsnj.com.