Checking In With Our GA Scholarship Awardees

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Asia Panzino,  first GA Scholarship Awardee, 2018 Taylor Escher, 2019 GA Scholarship Awardee Gianna Anselmo, 2020 GA Schcolarship Awardee Four years ago, Geetha Arulmohan, Executive Director and leader of Mercer Council passed away.  In her memory, a scholarship fund was created to support individuals pursuing their education in...
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Talking Points For Teens

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Virtual Learning, Covid-19 pandemic and isolation from friends are just some of the struggles our teens have been facing since March 2020. In honor of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, Talking Points for Teens will focus on how teens can manage their emotions when life doesn't seem to be going their way. Please click the link below to access...
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Look who was featured on NJ.com... Mercer Council OORP's very own, Stacey Ross!

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So many faces and voices of recovery have paved the way for countless others to reach their goals with the hope and healing that is generated through connections, support and a shared peer recovery experience.  One of the faces and voices making a huge impact in the recovery community is Mercer Council's own, Stacey Ross, a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist with our Opioid Overdose Reco...
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8th Annual Excellence in Prevention Awards June 9th

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Mercer Council and The Prevention Coalition of Mercer County are pleased to announce their 8th Annual Excellence in Prevention Awards Event to be held on Wednesday, June 9th.  This annual event honors those individuals, agencies, associations and companies from around the county that have made significant contributions over the past year to ensure the health, safety and well-being of various ...
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I'll be there! Looking forward to honoring and celebrating our amazing, passionate prevention partners! ... Read More
Tuesday, 11 May 2021 19:35
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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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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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Mercer Council takes part in the Mercer County Bike Drive on April 10, 2021

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Mercer Council would like to thank Mercer County and the Park Commission for having Vanessa DeRosa, PYPM Program Coordinator, join them at a Bike Drive they hosted at several locations throughout the county on April 10, 2021. Bicycles were accepted (no matter the condition) and were transported to the Trenton Bike Exchange (located in Ewing, NJ). There, they will be fixed by volunteers and then so...
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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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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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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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Talking Points For Teens

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  The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) will be holding their annual event, National Alcohol and Drugs Facts Week March 22-28, 2021. This annual event brings together teens and community groups to bring awareness and 'SHATTER THE MYTHS" about drugs and alcohol. In this session of Talking Points for Teens we discuss 5 fac...
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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
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Check out my conversation with Dr. Karp and Issac Harris on Health 411!

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Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Rider University's Dr. Jonathan Karp and Issac Harris on their Health 411 program!  Together, we had a beautiful conversation that not only allowed me to highlight Mercer Council and our programs, but to engage on a multitude of topics, including: Career paths and opportunities in the field Societal factors, including social and racial justice ...
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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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Free Zoom webinar for students in grades 3,4,5 on March 17, 2021

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 Your brain is the command center and boss of your body. It enables you to think, learn, move, create, feel emotions, as well as, controlling every blink, breath, and heartbeat. Please join us for a free virtual Zoom event where you will learn all about the human brain from a neuroscientist, discover what makes it so fascinating, and why it is especially important to protect it as you grow! T...
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Buprenorphine is a Best-Practice Model to Save Lives From Overdoses

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When it comes to the opiate crisis, which has had a resurgence in fatal overdoses in the past year, we need to bring to bear every possible resource against it. The hundreds of thousands of Americans who have lost their lives during this crisis should compel us to adopt an all hands and all best-practices model. Yet we have not been doing everything possible to save lives from overdoses, including...
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