OORP Resumes Face to Face Recovery Support Services; Stacey, Marc and Jocelyn celebrate OORP's in person return by visiting Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton!

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Recovery Specialists Stacey Ross and Marc North joined me to visit Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton, one of Mercer Council OORP's key partners, to regroup after a period of Tele-Recovery Support services.  The team pivoted to Tele-Recovery Support because of a pandemic that completely consumed our hospital partners, our community and the world.  In order to do our part to...
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Barbara Sprechman
So proud of our OORP team who always go above and beyond!
Thursday, 06 May 2021 18:36
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Talking Points For Teens

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April not only brought showers, it was also Alcohol Awareness Month. Although we are seeing a decline in teenage drinking, the numbers are still too high. In this session of Talking Points For Teens, we focus on the dangers of alcohol and underage drinking. Please click the link below to access our YouTube channel to view the Talking Points For Teens video. Enjoy the video. Stay Safe, Stay Safe He...
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Full Time Position Available

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Mercer Council is seeking applications for a full time Program Director to oversee the School Based Youth Services Program at Ewing High School. Master's Degree in Counseling/Social Work/Psychology is required, along with a minimum of 3 years experience working with adolescents. Job position includes leading the team, as well as planning activities/programs to meet the requirements of SBYSP and be...
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April is Alcohol Awareness Month: Why We Still Recognize This Event

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Every year, we recognize April as Alcohol Awareness Month.  You might ask why this is still important, given the fact that so much media attention is given to illegal drugs, like heroin, fentanyl and misuse of prescription opioids.  In February, the American Psychological Association conducted a nationwide survey and found that one in four adults reported drinking alcohol more this past ...
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ASYSST Presents The Substance Misuse Summit

The ASYSST team is excited to announce our first virtual Substance Misuse Summit. Taking place on Wednesday, April 28 from 6:30pm-8:30pm, the summit will feature various presentations on the topic of substance misuse. For more information and to register for the event click the included link. https://www.mercercouncil.org/calendar/eventdetail/482/-/substance-misuse-conference The ASYSST team and M...
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Confused About NJ Marijuana Policy? Join Us!

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Hello Community Members!  While New Jersey has become one of the pioneers in underage marijuana usage and law enforcement reform, the new marijuana legislation has led to frustration and confusion with parents, business owners, and law enforcement alike. While there have been news outlets and educational resources mitigating some of that confusion, the Prevention Coalition of Mercer County an...
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Looking forward to getting all the questions answered!
Monday, 12 April 2021 17:16
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Brain Awareness Webinar Recording is Now Available to View

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Mercer Council extends a thank you to all participants who joined us on March 17, 2021 for the Brain Awareness Zoom webinar, “Learn Neuroscience: Alcohol and the Developing Brain”. A special thank you also to Dr. Rola Bekdash from Rutgers University for providing the students an insightful and informative presentation about the inner workings of the human mind and effects of alcohol on the develop...
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This was a great way to present this topic to young children!
Friday, 09 April 2021 13:32
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Tacking Opioids Through Prevention for Athletes: The First Choice and a Second Chance - special event

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The Mercer Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction is hosting a special event on Thursday, April 8th at 7pm -  "The First Choice and a Second Chance" featuring Stephen Hill, founder of Speak Sobriety.  Stephen is a motivational speaker, author and advocate for substance abuse prevention. He graduated with honors from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Brooklyn Law School.After suf...
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Remembering Phyllis Marchand

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Last Thursday March 25, 2021, we lost a dear Board Member of Mercer Council, Phyllis Marchand. She has been a fixture in Mercer Council's 40+ year history, being a Board Member for 26 years who held various offices within the Board during this time. She was the longest standing Board member who witnessed the transformation Mercer Council has gone through both internally in the leadership of the or...
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A beautiful, caring, compassionate, invested, dedicated, intentional, genuine, authentic human. Mercer Council is so fortunate to... Read More
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Malissa Arnold
What beautiful memories to honor such a beautiful person! Her impact on our communities in Mercer County will continue to be felt ... Read More
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2021 Geetha Arulmohan Scholarship Award Now Accepting Applications

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It's that time again -- time to encourage all graduating high school seniors planning on attending college in the fall, as well as students currently enrolled in college, those in licensure programs and college seniors planning to attend graduate school to apply for the Geetha Arulmohan Scholarship Award.  This education scholarship is in the amount of $500 and is available to Merce...
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We Stand with the Asian American & Pacific Islander Community.

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During the pandemic, violence, both physical and verbal, against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) has increased dramatically -- hate crimes of this nature, as reported by NPR (cited in a report from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University), in approximately 16 cities increased by 150% in 2020.  Multiple sources, including NPR and&nbs...
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Guest — Gabrielle
That’s nice, but what is Mercer County specifically doing to help combat this issue?
Thursday, 18 March 2021 23:18
Guest — Jocelyn Cooper
Hi Gabrielle - Thanks for your comment and question. It is a great one, one that we should be asking all agencies. For our agenc... Read More
Friday, 19 March 2021 11:33
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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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Mercer Council is committed to envisioning a Healthy, Safe and Responsible Community.  We are striving to provide more information on Government and community efforts as they relate to COVID-19.  The information and links are below. Mercer County Covid-19 Dashboard For more information on positive-test cases in Mercer county please use the Dashboard link below. Dashboard  Vaccinatio...
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Mercer County OORP Annual Report and Program Summary

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Mercer Council has been privileged to service the DMHAS-funded Opioid Overdose Recovery Program (OORP) contract in Mercer County since 2017.  Through year end 2020, our team of Certified Peer Recovery Specialists and Patient Navigators have serviced nearly 1000 total clients struggling with Opioid-related challenges, providing referrals and linkages to all levels of Substance Use Disorder Car...
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I'm so proud of our OORP team! This is an amazing group of people doing true "heartwork"!
Monday, 01 March 2021 20:44
Guest — Jocelyn Cooper
So proud of these amazing accomplishments by our wonderful OORP team. So inspirational, despite all of the hardships of this year... Read More
Tuesday, 02 March 2021 13:55
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Wear Pink Day

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Mercer Council staff wore pink and spent a portion of our weekly staff meeting discussing the importance of prioritizing health and how Council's work in substance use prevention education impacts the overall health and well-being of every individual.  Studies show that a woman’s risk for breast cancer increases with the more alcohol she ...
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Virtual Programs now offered through Mercer Council!!!

  Due to the COVID19 pandemic and subsequent social distancing protocols, there has been an increased need for virtual programs. To fulfill this need and continue our mission to reduce substance abuse through education, Mercer Council has put together a host of Virtual Programs that will benefit our community organizations and partners. Please take a look and share with others the programs of...
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Join Us For A Global Day of Unity - May 5, 2020

On May 5, 2020, people all around the world are coming together to tap into the power of human connection and strengthen communities at the  grassroots level. Will you be one of them? We will be one of those participating organizations and we need your help!  As a result of the pandemic, there will be trauma and increased incidences of substance use as a way for people to cope....
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Center For Family Services Peer Provider Integration Training for Mercer County OORP Program - December 2019

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On December 5th 2019, the Center For Family Services sponsored a workshop entitled "Creating An Infrastructure That Supports Peer Provider Integration Into Traditional Service Delivery" at the Burlington County Emergency Services Education complex in Westampton NJ. As a Peer Specialist working for MCADA on the Opioid Overdose Recovery Program (OORP), I was fortunate to be able to attend this train...
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Happy Friday from some of our OORP team members!

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Mercer Council Opioid Overdose Recovery Program (OORP) team members met this afternoon for their November staff meeting.   OORP’s trained and uniquely qualified Recovery Specialists (Peers) are individuals with lived experience who are in recovery from substance related challenges. Peers are dispatched to Mercer County hospitals/emergency departments to meet bedside with i...
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Stronger Together! Mercer Council's 2nd Annual Benefit Luncheon & Silent Auction 2019

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Mercer Council was moved by the generosity of community members in attendance at our 2nd Annual Benefit Luncheon and Silent Auction, held on September 24, 2019, at the Stone Terrace by John Henry's in Hamilton, NJ.  Various sectors of the community contributed to this event, including Luncheon attendees, donators, special guest speakers, dignitaries and sponsors.  Proceeds from...
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Vigil Honors Overdose Awareness Day

  A vigil in a local park will bring awareness to addiction while honoring the individuals and families of those battling the disease.  An Overdose Awareness Day vigil is set for Tuesday, August 27th at Woolsey Park in Hopewell Township.  The event starts at 5:30pm and includes guest speakers, grief and recovery support and a candlelight memorial.  This is the fourth annual Int...
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