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Leaders of five New Jersey hospital and health systems are pushing to fundamentally change the state’s mental health system, which they believe is in crisis. Three of New Jersey’s counties—Camden, Burlington, and Gloucester have a need for mental health services that outpaces the availability of providers, a 2013community health assessment revealed. The news wasn’t too…

The state reassigned three top administrators at Ancora in June after inspectors found repeated deficiencies. The hospital lost its federal certification for 11 days. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services restored Ancora’s certification on July 3, and the hospital did not lose any federal funding. Inspectors examined the records of a small sampling of…

CIT-NJ would like to congratulate Esther Suarez, Hudson County’s first female and Hispanic lead prosecutor. We wish you well and look forward to working collectively with her on the Hudson County CIT-NJ program. Esther Suarez, a Passaic County judge and Bayonne native, is set to become Hudson County’s first female and Hispanic lead prosecutor after a…

CIT-NJ would like to say ” Thank you” to Hudson County Warden Oscar Aviles with his help in bringing CIT-NJ to Hudson County. We wish you well in your retirement. JERSEY CITY — Oscar Aviles, Hudson County’s department of corrections director, is retiring next month after 26 years on the job. Aviles, 49, rose from line…

CIT-NJ Center of Excellence will be talking CIT Live Via Radio CIT-NJ Center of Excellence is proud to announce that Retired Chief of Police &New Jersey State Director Edward C. Dobleman, along with Union County CIT Law Enforcement Coordinator Lt. Abdul Williams of the Linden Police Department and Associate Executive Director Rebekah Leon from the Passaic County Mental Health Association…

Kudos to Hudson County. This month, it will join other New Jersey counties that offer Crisis Intervention Team (CIT-NJ) training to police officers, mental health professionals and advocates. CIT-NJ is an innovative international model of police-based crisis intervention training. CIT initiatives were first rolled out in New Jersey in 2006 and are currently available in…

There will be two main types of people reading this blog: those finding themselves better equipped to understand some of the people they love and those who see their own reflections in these habits. Depression often goes unseen, unrecognized, and undiagnosed. A person with concealed depression is someone who is conditioned to deal with their…

FORT LEE — Port Authority police talked a 40-year-old homeless man down from a rock wall overlooking the George Washington Bridge on Thursday morning, officials said. Officers responded around 6:30 a.m. and found the man climbing the wall, over the south walkway of the bridge, according to police spokesman Joe Pentangelo. Police believe the man was…

It’s time for summer and that means students are graduating, school is letting out and it’s vacation season. Whether you are leaving town for a day at the beach, or a week-long vacation, it’s important to keep your homes secure and protected. Here are several tips from New Jersey State Police and local law enforcement…

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CIT-NJ would like to congratulate Passaic County Law Enforcement Coordinator Sergeant Lynette Buttler from the William Patterson University Police Department on her award from the Mental Health Association of Passaic County for her recognition and appreciation for her outstanding leadership and efforts in implementing CIT in Passaic County  

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