It's Not Too Late, You can still Help !!!

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Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for people around the world to come together to thank, help, give, show kindness, and share what they have with those in need. Make a contribution today so together we can make a healthy, safe, and responsible community become a reality! Donate Mercer Council is a private, non-profit agency dedicated to th...
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Celebrating Transitions in our OORP Team: Farewells, Familiar and New Faces

We want to thank Brian Bittings, OORP Patient Navigator, for the 4 years he has spent leading our OORP team.  Brian decided to move on from the Mercer Council mid-October. We wish him all the best in the next chapter of his journey. We want to congratulate David DeCamp, who has fully transitioned from the role of Assistant Patient Navigator/Re...
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Mercer Council Participates in Inaugural Open Access To Recovery Outreach Event!

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On Friday November 5th, 2021 Mercer Council was honored to participate in the inaugural "Open Access To Recovery" (OATR) outreach event. This event was organized by Recovery Advocates of America and the Mercer County Operation Helping Hand Program (OHH) under the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office. OHH offers those arrested for n...
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This is a fantastic effort to connect with our community! Great job to all who participated. ... Read More
Friday, 19 November 2021 16:46
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Great American Smoke Out, Thursday, November 18th

Thursday is the Great American Smoke Out. This is an opportunity to challenge yourself to live a day without nicotine. This event was established by the American Cancer Association in order to encourage people on their journey to quit. Stemming from a local community event in 1970, it has grown to become the national event it is today. The American...
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National Runaway Prevention Month

No one ever imagines their child will just vanish one day. However, commercial sexual exploitation of minors is one of the various sad realities of why children leave home. November is National Runaway Prevention Month. In shining a light on the intersection of substance use and sex trafficking of minors, MCADA wants to highlight that the leading f...
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Mercer Council is on GreatNonprofits.org!

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We are excited to announce that we are on GreatNonprofits.orgโ€”a review site like Yelp, but for nonprofits! Do you have a story or experience with Mercer Council that you would like to share with others? If so, please leave us a reviewโ€”we'd love to hear from you! Mercer Council On Alcoholism And Drug Addiction Reviews and Ratings | Lawrence Township...
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A poem to honor Frankenstein Friday on October 29th!

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Frankenstein shares a story from his youth to help children and teens protect their brain, and munster up the courage to say no to underage drinking! 
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"Howl" fun! I like it when little monsters keep promises to their mummies!
Friday, 29 October 2021 15:14
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Continuing to Fight Back Against the Opioid Epidemic, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Holds National Rx Drug Take Back Day this Saturday October 23rd from 10am - 2pm

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In 2020, there were 3,046 suspected drug-related deaths in New Jersey (source:  NJ Department of Law and Public Safety).  Many of these deaths involved opioids including heroin, fentanyl as well as prescription painkillers.  According to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a majori...
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Great blog, thanks for the heads up!
Monday, 25 October 2021 14:29
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The Cannabis Question

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On February 22, 2021, Governor Phil Murphy signed three bills into law that addressed the legalization of cannabis (the legal word for marijuana). With this, the legalization of cannabis pushed forward a discourse for all New Jersey citizens to take part in. With questions and concerns so large about the impact on youth, the justice system, and the...
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Mercer Council Announces Staff Changes October 1st

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I've had a long and fulfilling career in prevention over the past 29 years.  Starting out as a part time prevention educator teaching a primary prevention program known as BABES for young children using puppets and storytelling when my own children were very young.  Prevention Science was still a fairly "young" fi...
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Congratulations to you, Barb! You took me under your wing after bringing me into the Mercer Council family. I am grateful to kno... Read More
Friday, 01 October 2021 00:47
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Time to Set the Table Again in Preparation for National Family Day on September 27, 2021

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A blog post was written in October 2020 to recognize October as National Eat Better, Eat Together Month. The purpose of National Eat Better, Eat Together Month is to promote healthy eating habits among individuals of all ages. Research shows there are many benefits of families frequently eating dinner together including improved social skills in ch...
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HELP!

September is Suicide Prevention Month. While ASYSST is assisting students throughout the year, suicide is one of the many areas we focus on. This year's theme is HELP, take one post one. There is a help sign posted outside of one of our offices, students can take a Post-It Note with a positive affirmation that speaks to or means something to him/he...
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I am so grateful to work alongside you, Shakita. Our community is so fortunate to have ASYSST, especially during this difficult t... Read More
Friday, 24 September 2021 12:33
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Talking Points For Teens

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Choosing what to eat for dinner is a simple decision we can make without much thought. Difficult decisions such as where to go for college require careful and more serious thinking. In this session of Talking Points for Teens, the focus will be on making those tough decisions. We will examine the pros and cons for the different outcomes of each tou...
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Mercer Council OORP Wishes You a Happy Recovery Month!

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OORP's Dream Team of Certified Peer Recovery Specialists, spread hope and healing as they reflect on the gift of recovery and what being in recovery means to them!   For some Recovery Month inspiration, check out what they have to say!  ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ Marc North, Stacey Ross, James Boozan, Brian Bittings, Jon Macciocca, Dave...
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Thanks to all our OORP Recovery Specialists, who tirelessly go the extra mile to help those still stuck in addiction. You are an ... Read More
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The Jewish High Holy Days and Their Relationship to the Recovery Community

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The sound of the Shofar (ram's horn) is the signal that the Days of Awe, the ten-day period from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur has begun. This is a period of serious introspection and soul-searching. It is a time to heal hurts, offer apologies, mend misunderstandings, and right wrongs. These 10 days are considered the most sacred on the Jewish calend...
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What a great explanation. Thank you Barb
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Classified - Prevention Educator position

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Mercer Council is looking to hire a full time Prevention Educator.   Prevention Educator will offer a variety of prevention curricula in Mercer County schools and community organizations. Bachelor's degree required. Social service field preferred. We are also looking for team members who have the ability to split their time betw...
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Resources to Stay Safe and Sober this Labor Day 2021

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Labor Day is Monday, September 6, 2021. This holiday (which has been nationally celebrated in the U.S. since 1894) recognizes the American Labor Movement and celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers. The day signifies the end of summer, the beginning of autumn, and the anticipation of a new school year ahead. On this day, many in...
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2021 Team at ASYSST is Ready For The First Day of School

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Our ASYSST (Available School Youth Support Services Team) has changed and is ready to assist the students at Ewing High this school year. We welcome our new Program Director, Dan Winter, our new Mental Health Clinician, Carly Scanlon, and our returning Developmental Specialist, Shakita Johnson. They are excited and have a lot of great things planne...
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So proud of you, team!
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NHTSA revs up for their Labor Day Impaired Driving High-Visibility Enforcement Campaigns

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From the choices below, can you guess the type of driver (based on vehicle type) responsible for the highest percentage of alcohol-related fatal crashes in 2019? Is it A.) bus driver, B.) car driver, C.) motorcycle driver, or D.) truck driver?  The correct answer is C.) motorcycle driver. Among the alcohol-impaired drivers involved in fatal cr...
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National Grief Awareness Day 2021

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4 Types of Grief Nobody Told You About | Psychology Today And why itโ€™s important that we call them grief. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/between-the-generations/201904/4-types-grief-nobody-told-you-about#:~:text=%204%20Types%20of%20Grief%20Nobody%20Told%20You,one%E2%80%99s%20own%20life%20and%20affairs.%0AExamples%20include%3A%0AA...%20More...
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Very interesting that Grief Awareness Day is the day before International Overdose Awareness Day when so many are grieving loved o... Read More
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The correspondence of Trauma, Grief, SUD, and Overdose is no coincidence. Very interesting blog with an amazing number of brillia... Read More
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Guest — Justine Frank, CADC Intern, CPRS
We are all too familiar with an incomprehensible degree of loss in our Mercer County & NJ communities due to the opioid & other SU... Read More
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