Spring Into Summer 2016
In This Issue 

Dean's Corner
We are proud that Bergen's Promise is growing everyday. Over the last several months, we've welcomed many more families, new members to our team, and established more provider and community-based partners!  We've opened up a second office in Hackensack as a result of our growth!

We're also thrilled to be a part of the launch of a web-based, county resource portal called Bergen ResourceNet which connects you to programs, activities, events, organizations, and supports for youth and families throughout Bergen County!    

As we approach the summer months, we hope that our families have a safe and healthy summer. Whether you're going on vacation or your child is attending camp, we want you to be aware that we remain a helping hand all year long. 

Dean Pastras, ACSW, LCSW
Executive DirectorNEW

What's New?
Resources for Family Health & Wellbeing at your Fingertips!
Bergen ResourceNet Officially Launched!

Be sure to bookmark www.BergenResourceNet.org 

Do you know what is available in your community, or around the County to support your family's health and wellbeing?  Bergen ResourceNet is a free, mobile friendly web portal where you find programs, support groups, events, webinars, workshops and services specific to the health and wellbeing of youth up to age 21 and their families throughout Bergen County. 

ResourceNet makes identifying resources easier by searching keyword, zip code/town, or category/need. New resources are added daily!

You have a voice!  You have the ability to share those programs, camps, clinicians, groups, clubs, schools, libraries, recreation departments, scouting activities etcetera that YOUR family members have had positive experiences with so that we can invite them to get their information in the BergenResourceNet for the benefit of all!    Click here to SHARE A RESOURCE for inclusion in the Bergen ResourceNet 


Bergen's Promise Opens a Second Office in Hackensack!

As our team continues to grow, so must our facilities. This additional office space is located at 3 University Plaza in Hackensack, adjacent to the Fairleigh Dickinson University campus. Survey

Family Satisfaction Surveys: THANK YOU FOR YOUR FEEDBACK!

We value your opinion about the services you receive from Bergen's Promise, your Care Manager and your Child and Family Team. 
This web survey is distributed annually to our families and is intended to be completed by all parents/guardians as well as youth aged 14 and older. 

Your voice is important to us and helps to support quality Wraparound care for all Bergen's Promise families.

Listed below is a highlight of some of the results of this year's Family Satisfaction Survey:
  • 276 families provided feedback this year
  • Approximately 75 percent have been receiving Wraparound services for 7 months or more.
  • 72 percent of caregivers felt their Child and Family Team Meetings were very helpful.
  • 87 percent of caregivers felt their strength as a parent/caregiver increased because of the services and supports provided through their service plan.
  • 46 percent of caregivers report that their child improved school attendance as well as achieved better grades.
  • 61 percent of caregivers report that their child has improved classroom behavior.
  • 62 percent of caregivers report that their child now engages in fewer risky behaviors.
  • 76 percent of caregivers report thattheir Child and Family Team has identified programs, services and other supports in their community to help sustain their child's progress.Positive

Celebrating Hope, Celebrating Progress 
Positive Story: Dylan

Dylan is a 13-year-old boy who has been living with autism since 18 months old.  He and his family were struggling with his aggressive, self-injurious behavior and lack of ability to communicate. Consistent and collaborative Child and Family teamwork between the school district, the family, and Bergen's Promise led to dramatic improvements for Dylan and his family.  
For more inspiration, visit our  Success Stories page.

We hope that YOU will consider letting us highlight your story of Wraparound Success!  fsofamily1

For Families By Families            
Family Support Organization of Bergen County
Are you aware of the Bill of Rights for Adults, Youth and Children with Behavioral Healthcare Needs and Their Family Members?

In May, the Family Support Organization of Bergen County joined the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health in celebrating this year's theme for National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week titled "Healthy Families, Resilient Children: Mental Health is a Family Affair."

The FSOBC shares in strengthening the community awareness of children's mental health by having as its primary philosophy the recognition of the worth, knowledge and dignity of all families and caregivers. To understand how families can be supported in their hopes for their children and their families; the FSOBC is honored to provide the Bill of Rights for Adults, Youth and Children with Behavioral Healthcare Needs and Their Family Members as presented by the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health.

Wellness News You Can Use 
Knowing Your Rights and Using Your Voice
The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) of 2008 requires health plans to offer mental health and/or substance use benefits without imposing copayments, benefit limitations and other restrictions that are more stringent than those imposed on medical/surgical benefits. Parity was also included as a central component of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Department of Labor recently released a new resource to inform individuals about their rights under the parity law. The brochure - Know Your Rights: Parity for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits - provides examples of common limits places on mental health and addiction treatment benefits and services now subject to parity. This brochure also informs you about how and where to find information about your health benefits, as well as your rights to appeal a claim if denied.
Are Medications Increasing Your Family Member's Risks of Heat Exhaustion/Stroke?

With hot, humid weather right around the corner, it is important to remember that some mental-emotional health medications can negatively affect a person's ability to regulate body temperature, especially when the temperatures are extreme hot and/or cold.  Children's' bodies already have challenges with temperature regulation. 


The New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services published a brochure to inform you of Summer Heat and Sun Risks for Antipsychotic Medication Users. Click here to see if your medication is on the list  (en Espanol)and what steps you can take to keep family members safe throughout the summer. 


It is important to speak with your child's doctor or your local pharmacist to see if any of the medications they are taking may also affect their body temperature regulation.  Take the best precautions while out and about this summer! 

Raising Awareness of Child Mental Health
Children's Mental Health Awareness

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Bergen's Promise
218 Route 17 North, Suite 304
Rochelle Park, NJ 07662
Phone: (201) 712-1170 | Email: communityresources@bergenspromise.org